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Climate Change and SocietySociological Perspectives$
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Riley E. Dunlap and Robert J. Brulle

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199356102

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199356102.001.0001

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Public Opinion on Climate Change

Public Opinion on Climate Change

(p.269) 9 Public Opinion on Climate Change
Climate Change and Society

Rachael L. Shwom

Aaron M. McCright

Steven R. Brechin

Riley E. Dunlap

Sandra T. Marquart-Pyatt

Lawrence C. Hamilton

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the sociological research on the social, economic, cultural, political, and environmental factors that influence public opinion on climate change. This review finds that climate change public opinion is dynamic and differentiated. In general, climate change awareness around the world is growing, but cross-national studies demonstrate that levels of awareness, knowledge, and concern vary greatly across and within developing and industrialized nations. Studies in the United States find that typical sociodemographics are not as influential as political ideology in influencing individuals’ views on climate change. The chapter ends by identifying four paths for future research that focus on how climate change public opinion influences household behavior change, political or collective action participation, policy outcomes, and corporate behaviors.

Keywords:   climate change awareness, household behavior, political ideology

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