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TITLE Who are the skeptics of climate change?: The effects of information seeking, confidence in science, and political orientations on public perceptions of climate change
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Title : Who are the skeptics of climate change?: The effects of information seeking, confidence in science, and political orientations on public perceptions of climate change
Date : 2012. 5.
Journal title : ECO
Author : Hee-Je Bak, Ju-Young Huh
Contact us : csts@khu.ac.kr
Abstract : This study examines public perceptions of climate change and determinants of the perceptions in Korea. Relying on a single question to measure public perceptions of climate change, previous studies reported that Korean showed the highest level of concern about climate change. However, utilizing a more reliable scale, this study reveals that only about 25% of respondents are categorized as proponents of climate change while about 13% as skeptics. The majority of Korean public is in the middle. In general, Korean do not deny the scientific claims on climate change but tend to be optimistic of and prefer modest steps for overcoming the problem. Efforts to seek information decrease the skeptical view of climate change, so proponents tend to actively seek information of climate change compared to the others, including skeptics. Unlike our initial expectation, the level of confidence in science-in general tends to increase the skeptical view. This finding may reflect that the higher level of confidence in science leads people to a belief that climate change can be overcome by advance of science and technology. Conservative political orientation also tends to increase a skeptical view of climate change, because policy efforts for climate change are often perceived as the state regulation over industry and the sacrifice of economy for environment, which are against the conservative political ideology.

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