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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sociology and Political Science