Climate Change, Science, and Polarization

Climate Change, Science, and Polarization

Over at Mother Jones, Chris Mooney provides this graph, showing that increased scientific literacy doesn't lead people to agree about climate change:

A caption tells us that "egalitarian communitarians" is a term for liberals and "hierarch individualists" is a term for conservatives, though the researcher who compiled this data notes that it's more complicated than that. (These terms describe personality categories. The two groups diverge sharply on beliefs about climate change but only "lean" toward the ideological and political-party IDs Mooney assigns to them.) Still, an interesting finding.

Robert VerBruggen is editor of RealClearPolicy. Twitter: @RAVerBruggen

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