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