The partisan divergence on climate change continues

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A new poll from the Washington Post and the University of Maryland confirms that Americans continue to be deeply divided along partisan lines about anthropogenic climate change, despite a recent devastating spate of extreme weather events and the existence of a robust scientific consensus, reports the Washington Post (August 23, 2023).

Asked "Do you think that human activity is or is not causing changes to the world's climate, including an increase in average temperature," 74 percent of respondents said yes, but while 93 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents said yes, only 55 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents said yes.

The poll was conducted from July 13 to July 23, 2023, among a sample of 1404 U.S. adults drawn from a panel recruited through random sampling of U.S. households. The margin of sampling error for the whole sample is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points; the error margin is larger among partisan subgroups.

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Glenn Branch is Deputy Director of NCSE.