Cross-national analysis on the political divide in climate change opinion: A person-context interaction approach
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AbstractPublic opinions on climate change are always diverse. One prominent factor that explains this diversity is political orientation. Studies found that liberal-oriented individuals are less skeptical about climate change than conservative-oriented individuals are; yet, this political divide in climate change opinions also appears to vary across societies. In this research, we adopt a person-context interaction approach to elucidate under what sociocultural contexts the political divide would be particularly pronounced. We propose that the role political orientation in shaping climate change opinions depends on the extent to which the cultural context affords free self-expression and the socioeconomic structure relies on carbon-intensive industry. We found supportive evidence to this proposition with data from two international surveys (Year 2010 ISSP and Year 2007 Voice of the People): the association between political orientation and climate change opinions was stronger in societies with higher levels of individualism and higher levels of greenhouse gas emissions. These findings highlight the importance of considering sociocultural contexts in the study of climate change opinions. They suggest that future studies should be mindful of the possibility that pathways from personal factors to climate change opinions may vary across societies.
Acceptance Date20/05/2019
All Author(s) ListCHAN Hoi-Wing, TAM Kim-Pong
Name of ConferenceInternational Conference on Environmental Psychology 2019
Start Date of Conference04/09/2019
End Date of Conference06/09/2019
Place of ConferencePlymouth
Country/Region of ConferenceGreat Britain
LanguagesEnglish-United States

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