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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Follow The Leader

I've never understood how global warming became a political football. There certainly can be political disagreement on what to do about it, but to deny the reality of the data is silly. It didn't used to be that way, and analysis of polling data indicates that voters who identify as Republicans believe what their leaders direct them to believe. From the Washington Monthly:

Disbelief in global warming in the GOP is a recent occurrence. Just a few years ago, in 2007, a 62%-majority of Republicans said there is solid evidence of global warming, while less than a third (31%) said there is no solid evidence. Currently, just 38% of Republicans say there is solid evidence the earth is warming, and only 16% say that warming is caused by human activity.

A few years ago, Republican voters, by and large, believed what the mainstream believed when it came to climate science. Then their party, its candidates, and its media outlets told these voters to stop believing the facts -- and rank-and-file Republicans did as they were told. In effect, partisans on the right outsourced their evaluation of evidence to their party, and Republicans decided climate science is no longer worthy of support.

Interesting. But disheartening. They really are "dittoheads."

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