If the American public were more informed about climate science, people would hold views that aligned more closely with those of scientific experts
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- A 2016 Pew Research Center survey found that "Democrats with high levels of knowledge about science, based on a nine-item index, almost all agree that climate change is mostly due to human activity (93%). By contrast, 49% of Democrats with low science knowledge think this is the case."
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- Overall, the Pew Research Center finds that "how much people know about science only modestly and inconsistently correlates with their attitudes about climate and energy issues"
- "Among Republicans, there are no significant differences by science knowledge about the causes of climate change. Put another way, Republicans with high levels of science knowledge are no more likely than those with lower levels of knowledge to think climate change is mostly due to human activity."