This research examines local policy actors and their perceptions of climate change and climate policy. From survey and interview data assessing city aldermen in eastern Missouri, this study found several associative variables that influence climate change perception. Aldermen in this study population are politically polarized on the issue of climate change and climate change policy. Conservative Republicans are more likely to be skeptical of climate change compared to Liberal Democrats who accept it. These political ideologies are also significantly correlated to support for policies that mitigate climate change. Additionally, geographic location corresponds to political ideologies, therefore influencing climate change perception. The study population perceives little personal risk from climate change, explaining a lack of urgency to address the issue.
|Commitee:||Greenfield, Ben, Geuhlstorf, Nicholas|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 81/7(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Environmental science, Public policy, Climate Change|
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