Turning personal experience into political attitudes: The effect of local weather on Americans' perceptions about global warming

Journal Article (Journal Article)

How do people translate their personal experiences into political attitudes? It has been difficult to explore this question using observational data, because individuals are typically exposed to experiences in a selective fashion, and self-reports of exposure may be biased and unreliable. In this study, we identify one experience to which Americans are exposed nearly at random'their local weather'and show that weather patterns have a significant effect on people's beliefs about the evidence for global warming. © 2012 Copyright Southern Political Science Association.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Egan, PJ; Mullin, M

Published Date

  • July 1, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 74 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 796 - 809

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1468-2508

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-3816

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/S0022381612000448

Citation Source

  • Scopus