An alarming new study finds a deep divide between Republicans and Democrats on climate change.
Climate change continues to be an incredibly divisive political issue in America today, and a new report from the Pew Research Center shows that that hasn’t changed. A survey of 1,534 randomly selection people from across the political spectrum found that of the 36 percent who said they cared about the issue a “great deal,” a whopping 72 percent were Democrats and 24 percent were Republicans.
The survey found a clear indication that liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans have very, very different views about what climate change, how it affects us and whether or not it even exists.
The biggest divide was on the most important question of all: whether mankind is responsible for the phenomenon. A total of 79 percent of liberal Democrats and 64 percent of moderate Democrats said yes, while an astonishing 85 percent of conservative Republicans said no. About 66 percent of moderate Republicans said no.
Nearly half of Republicans said the warming was due to natural causes, and in a frightening revelation, an incredible 36 percent of conservative Republicans declared it was a figment of scientists’ imagination.
As a result, Republicans were far less likely than Democrats to say that climate change would result in harsh consequences for mankind or the planet itself.
“Specifically, the survey finds wide political divides in views of the potential for devastation to the Earth’s ecosystems and what might be done to address any climate impacts,” the Pew statement reads. “There are also major divides in the way partisans interpret the current scientific discussion over climate, with the political left and right having vastly divergent perceptions of modern scientific consensus, differing levels of trust in the information they get from professional researchers, and different views as to whether it is the quest for knowledge or the quest for professional advancement that drives climate scientists in their work.”