College-educated Republicans even less likely to believe in global warming

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This doesn’t surprise me. Education gives you the tools to selectively use data that reinforces what you already believe:

PRINCETON, N.J. — Republicans with higher levels of education are more likely than those in their parties with less education to say that the seriousness of global warming is “generally exaggerated.” By contrast, Democrats with some college or more are less likely than those with less education to believe the seriousness of global warming is exaggerated.

Seventy-four percent of Republicans with a college degree say it is exaggerated, compared with 57% of those with high school education or less saying the same. Democrats are much less likely in general to say that the seriousness of global warming is exaggerated, but those a college degree (15%) are significantly less likely to say this than those with a high school education or less (27%). The relationship between education and views of global warming among independents is generally similar to that shown among Republicans.

These opposing trends by party suggest that higher levels of education reinforce core partisan positions; in this case, Republicans’ strong tendency to question or deny global warming and Democrats’ inclination to affirm it. The trends also suggest that partisanship rather than education is a main lens through which Americans view global warming and its effects, particularly for those who claim allegiance to one of the two major political parties.

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  1. That these weasels don’t have the wherewithal to survive the coming crisis is moot in the generally accepted vernacular when you consider they never-the-less remain a clear and present danger to my grand-children’s future.

    Something should be done. Permanently.

    Think afrensis.

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