The impact of candidates' statements about climate change on electoral success

Jul 05, 2011

Candidates gain votes by taking a "green" position on climate change -- endorsing the existence of warming, human causation, and the need for taking action to address it, according to a new study of U.S. adults.

Among citizens who are and Independents, a hypothetical U.S. Senate candidate gained votes by making a green statement on and lost votes by making a not-green statement, compared to making no statement on climate. Among citizens who are , the candidate's vote share was unaffected by taking a green position or a not-green position, compared to being silent on climate.

These results suggest that by taking a green position on climate, candidates of either party can gain the votes of Democrats and Independents while not alienating Republicans.

These results are based on experiments embedded in telephone surveys of a representative national sample of American adults conducted in November 2010 and in telephone surveys of representative samples of adult residents of three states (Florida, Maine, and Massachusetts) in July 2010.

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More information: "The Impact of Candidates' Statements about Climate Change on Electoral Success in 2010: Experimental Evidences": woods.stanford.edu/docs/surveys/Stanford_Climate_Politics2011.pdf

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FrankHerbert
2.6 / 5 (5) Jul 05, 2011
But I thought it was common sense, hard-werkin', independent, amer'can, folsky, aver'ge joe lernin' that climate change is a socialist NWO plot to kill all real americans?

The tea party and alike love to talk up their numbers because they are down right ashamed of them. They know they are the fringe, but pretend otherwise. It's a group delusion.
lairdwilcox
not rated yet Jul 06, 2011
There seems to be some contradictions in items reported in PHYSORG. Shortly below this item on how supporting human-caused global warming helps win votes with people who already believe that is an item that reads:

"As the Sun enters a period of low solar activity over the next 50 years, new research has calculated the probability of unusually cold winter temperatures occurring in the UK."

So, what is it? Is it the normal variations in the output of the sun that's causing climate fluctuation, or is it caused by human beings?
stanfrax
1 / 5 (1) Jul 06, 2011
Pluto - showing a massive increase in pressure - Neptune - evidence of changes - Uranus the brightness is higher - Saturn - hot storms in poles in its winter period - Jupiter - possibility new red eye forming - glowing hexagons seen in the poles - this is the big wave coming in - just like the tide of the seas - only this is like the big one

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