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

Patrick J. Egan, Megan Mullin

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)796-809
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Politics
Volume74
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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