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Climate change Social divisions in belief and behaviour

Fisher, S., Fitzgerald, R. & Poortinga, W. (2018). Climate change Social divisions in belief and behaviour. In: Phillips, D., Curtice, J., Phillips, M. & Perry, J. (Eds.), British Social Attitudes: The 35th Report. . London: The National Centre for Social Research.


As a global problem, climate change affects everyone. But within Britain opinion is divided. This chapter asks to what extent people in Britain believe humans cause climate change, think it is a problem, and feel that citizens and governments are likely to be able to reduce it. Also, what are the main social divisions in attitudes to climate change, and how much does opinion differ between supporters of different political parties?

Publication Type: Book Section
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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