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The Role of Emotion in Global Warming Policy Support and Opposition

Smith, N; Leiserowitz, A; (2014) The Role of Emotion in Global Warming Policy Support and Opposition. Risk Analysis , 34 (5) 937 - 948. 10.1111/risa.12140. Green open access

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Abstract

Prior research has found that affect and affective imagery strongly influence public support for global warming. This article extends this literature by exploring the separate influence of discrete emotions. Utilizing a nationally representative survey in the United States, this study found that discrete emotions were stronger predictors of global warming policy support than cultural worldviews, negative affect, image associations, or sociodemographic variables. In particular, worry, interest, and hope were strongly associated with increased policy support. The results contribute to experiential theories of risk information processing and suggest that discrete emotions play a significant role in public support for climate change policy. Implications for climate change communication are also discussed.

Type: Article
Title: The Role of Emotion in Global Warming Policy Support and Opposition
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/risa.12140
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/risa.12140
Language: English
Additional information: © 2013 The Authors. Risk Analysis published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc., on behalf of the Society for Risk Analysis. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1455019
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