All Things Considered
6:30 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

The Demographics Of Disagreement On Climate Change

Hamilton collaborated with the state climatologist Mary Stampone to determine how the temperature on the day that surveys were done effected the accuracy of respondents on climate knowledge questions. Democrats and Republicans were unaffected, but independents' answers varied widely, becoming more accurate the more out of whack the weather was.
Credit Larry Hamilton and Mary Stampone / Weather, Climate and Society 2013

  Last week the UNH Survey Center released the latest findings of the Granite State Poll. The Survey Center has been following a number of issues recently, the most high profile of which is whether or not there’s public support in New Hampshire for a proposed casino.

The Survey Center has also been part of a project looking at public attitudes about climate change – namely, why there’s a consensus among scientists – but not the public - that global warming is happening and caused by human activity.

Larry Hamilton of the Carsey Institute at UNH talks with NHPR's Brady Carlson.

Larry Hamilton has been looking at this question and what the survey data can tell us. He’s a sociologist and senior fellow at the Carsey Institute at UNH. He talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson.