Religious Americans less likely to be concerned about climate change, survey finds

While a majority of Americans agree that climate change is a major problem, a brand new survey discovered that those that determine as extremely spiritual are less likely to be as concerned about the problem.

The ballot, launched by the Pew Research Center Thursday, surveyed U.S. adults to learn how their spiritual beliefs affect their views on the surroundings. The survey of 10,156 adults was performed between April 11-17. While most respondents mentioned they thought of the Earth “sacred,” some teams didn’t view climate change as a major problem.

“Most U.S. adults — including a solid majority of Christians and large numbers of people who identify with other religious traditions — consider the Earth sacred and believe God gave humans a duty to care for it,” the research discovered.

Those surveyed who mentioned “they pray each day, regularly attend religious services and consider religion very important in their lives,” had been a lot less likely to be concerned about rising temperatures, as compared to non-religious Americans, or Americans of non-Christian religions, Pew discovered. And solely 8% of those that recognized as extremely spiritual mentioned they had been “very concerned” about climate change.

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The report discovered that “evangelical Protestants tend to be the most likely of all major U.S. religious groups to express skeptical views” — about a 3rd of evangelical Protestants surveyed felt uncertain, or had been unconvinced, that the Earth is getting hotter.

On the opposite hand, the research discovered that “members of non-Christian religions and people who do not identify with any religion…consistently express the highest levels of concern about climate change.” Nine in 10 atheists surveyed mentioned the Earth is getting hotter, largely due to human exercise.

People of different Christian subgroups, corresponding to Catholics, fell someplace in between each extremes, in accordance to Pew.

There are just a few causes the completely different teams have developed various opinions, Pew discovered — the primary one being politics. Evangelical Protestants surveyed largely recognized as Republicans, Pew mentioned, and had been “less likely than the overall public to say the Earth’s warming is mostly caused by human activity.” 

Those surveyed who recognized as atheists, non-religious Americans and from non-Christian religions had been largely Democrats “who tend to be much more alarmed about climate change and supportive of government actions to combat it,” the research discovered.

Those who recognized as extremely spiritual mentioned they weren’t as nervous about climate change as a result of “there are much bigger problems in the world today, God is in control of the climate, climate change will not have a big impact on most people,” and “new technologies will fix any problems caused by climate change.”

Pew additionally discovered that they had been concerned about “potential consequences of environmental regulations.” Christians and Protestants surveyed mentioned that the U.S. is likely to overreact to international climate change with strict laws which may “cost too many jobs” or harm the economic system.

Another purpose spiritual Americans may be less concerned about international warming is as a result of it is a matter not often touched on in spiritual companies, Pew mentioned.

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