Trouble with climate change survey

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  1. bwilson4web

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    About a year ago, I participated in a survey of climate change attitudes that resulted in this open access paper:
    Sustainability | Free Full-Text | Climate Change Risk Perceptions of Audiences in the Climate Change Blogosphere | HTML
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    The first problem is the climate skeptics avoided the survey. It is unfair to project anything beyond the simple observation ... they don't want survey examination.

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    This begs the question of whether we might get climate skeptic profiles by taking the general population metrics and subtracting this self-selected group?
    • Political Views - taking the generation population of Left and Right political views from asking Google as say: 31% Democrats; 25% Republican and; 40% Independent. This suggests 1.24 Democrats per Republican. In the survey, the ratio is 6.04 Left-wing per Right-wing. In effect, changing climate change attitudes needs to concentrate on Right-wing and/or Republican groups. The Left-wing and/or Democratic groups are a poor use of resources. Fortunately, the Right-wing or Republican media groups are easily identified.
    • Level of Education - although Google did not give the same buckets as the survey, it appears identification of less educated venues and entertainment will provide a better return on investment compared to 'preaching to the choir.'
    The utility of this paper is direction on where efforts are likely to result in a maximum effect.

    Bob Wilson
     
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    Two fundamental shortcomings are mentioned above. Left skew and 'over' educated. This may be unavoidable in voluntary response survey structures.

    A survey asking responses to what 'we' consider a list of climate disinformation statements might generate useful insights. Even though eggheads might not attempt it.

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