Climatic Change

, Volume 126, Issue 1–2, pp 217–227 | Cite as

Public views on the dangers and importance of climate change: predicting climate change beliefs in the United States through income moderated by party identification

  • Jeremiah BohrEmail author


Previous research has identified the interaction between political orientation and education as an important predictor of climate change beliefs. Using data from the 2010 General Social Survey, this article looks at the moderating effect of party identification on income in predicting climate change beliefs in the U.S. Probing this interaction reveals that increased income predicts a higher probability of dismissing climate dangers among Republican-leaning individuals when compared with Independents and Democrats. Alternatively, increased income predicts a higher probability of ranking climate change as the most important environmental problem facing the United States among Democratic-leaning individuals compared with Republicans. The results indicate that income only predicts climate change beliefs in the presence of certain political orientations, with poorer Republicans less likely to dismiss climate change dangers than their affluent counterparts.


Climate Change Income Political Orientation General Social Survey Party Identification 
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The author thanks Cindy Buckley, Anna Marshall, and three anonymous reviewers for helpful comments on earlier drafts of this research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignChampaignUSA

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