A study in the journal Climatic Change by Jeremiah Bohr of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign finds that the likelihood of “dismissing the dangers associated with climate change” increase as income levels also increase among Republicans. Among Democrats and independents, there is little or no change in views of climate change at different levels of income.
The author writes that “at the bottom quintile of income, Republicans are not significantly different from either Independents or Democrats” in terms of their views of the dangers of climate change. “Among individuals with conservative political orientations, there is a correlation between occupying advantageous positions within industrial economic systems and an unwillingness to acknowledge the risks associated with climate change,” Bohr states.
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