New National Survey to Explore How Religion, Culture and Politics Influence Attitudes Toward Climate Change, Science, and Environmental Policy
Survey conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with the American Academy of Religion to be released Friday, November 21 assesses perceived impact of climate change and asks skeptics why they do not believe temperatures are rising
WASHINGTON — Against the backdrop of Congress’s debate on Keystone XL and a climate deal with China, a major national survey assessing Americans’ beliefs and concerns about climate change and the impact of religion on those attitudes will be released on Friday, November 21 at 12:01 a.m. ET. The new landmark survey was conducted by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research in partnership with the American Academy of Religion, the world’s largest association of academics who research or teach topics related to religion.
The PRRI/AAR Religion, Values and Climate Change Survey of more than 3,000 Americans explores how important the issue of climate change is to Americans, how Americans believe that they and others around the world will personally be affected by climate change, and whether the public supports the Keystone XL pipeline and other energy policies. The survey also will assess the impact of spiritual experiences, religious institutions, religious affiliation, and theological beliefs on Americans’ opinions about these issues. A new composite measure – the Climate Change Concern Index – will explore the level of concern Americans have about climate change.
The survey identifies three groups of Americans — Believers, Sympathizers and Skeptics — who are divided by their opinions about the existence and causes of climate change. Skeptics are asked to share, in their own words, why they believe the earth’s temperature is not increasing.
The findings will be formally presented and discussed by a panel of scholars on Saturday, November 22, at the American Academy of Religion 2014 Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. The plenary session is from 9:00-11:00 a.m. PT in the Convention Center room 20D.
PRRI/AAR Religion, Values and Climate Change Survey
Embargo Release: Friday, November 21, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. ET
Conference Event: Saturday, November 21, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. PT/12:00 p.m. ET
Note: The event will be live streamed. Please contact Darcy Cohan (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are not attending the conference but would like to view the live event.
Release of PRRI/AAR National Survey on Religion, Values, and Climate Change (A22-145)
Saturday – 9:00 AM–11:30 AM
What do Americans think about climate change, and how do religious and moral beliefs impact their opinions about science, human responsibility, and environmental policies? This panel will feature the release of a new national public opinion survey, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) in collaboration with the AAR. The survey of 3,000 Americans is one of the largest surveys on religion and climate change ever conducted.
The survey explores a range of topics, including Americans’ belief or skepticism about the reality of climate change; the roles that partisanship, religion, and media consumption play in the development of those views; whether Americans see climate change as a manageable problem or an imminent crisis; how committed Millennials are to the issue of climate change; and how important policies that address climate change are to different religious groups.
Robert P. Jones, Public Religion Research Institute, Washington, D.C., Presiding
Laurie Zoloth, Northwestern University
Willis Jenkins, University of Virginia
David P. Gushee, Mercer University
Laurel D. Kearns, Drew University