Those on the right and those on the left, if they are young, do agree on the problem of climate change

Recent polls suggest that Generation Z and millennial American Republicans care about the weather much more than their older counterparts. They may even be as worried as the younger Democrats. That is to say, that both ideological extremes would unite for this cause.

Ideological bias

It's no secret that Republicans and Democrats are not on the same wavelength when it comes to global warming caused by humans. But a new survey suggests that Republicans and Democrats between 18 and 38 could be in the same party. Any difference between left and right "practically disappears," according to the Ipsos and Newsy survey. (He only asked about climate change, not about the many other issues that divide the two sides).

Approximately 2,000 American adults were surveyed about their positions on global warming and climate policies. About 77 percent of younger Republicans said climate change is a serious threat, a percentage point more than Democrats in the same age range. Meanwhile, the survey revealed a deep chasm in the opinion of older people: 51 percent of Republicans over 39 years of age agreed that the problem was a serious threat compared to 95 percent of Democrats.

Support for a federal carbon tax, new restrictions on methane emissions and a national renewable energy standard was virtually identical between Generation Z and millennials, with a gap of 2 percentage points or less in each response.

Lower bias

According to Martijn Lampert, director of research at Glocalities, this change can be attributed to the more favorable attitudes of younger Republicans towards science, the media and higher education compared to the older members of their party. He also noted that forest fires, droughts and increasingly severe floods, along with the moral obligation of Christians to care for the planet and people on it, may be playing an important role.

According to reports, this incipient concern for the environment has some Republican strategists who say they are very worried about losing voters before the 2020 elections, and many advise their party to adapt to the situation.

It seems quite clear that our worldview influences our political opinions, even when it comes to climate change. However, if an issue becomes too serious, perhaps the bias is gradually eliminated and becomes a general concern. However, to see to what extent your way of seeing the world (a mixture of ideology and genetics) and your political inclinations influence your perception, the following question was asked of very different people.

"In the face of climate change, how much risk does society run?" Above your knowledge, income, political affiliation and other factors, you will answer that question based on your worldview. The more Stan / hierarchical you are, the less you think climate change is a risk. The more Bet / Equal, the greater the perception of risk. The more Phil / individualist, the lower the risk. The more April / community, the greater the risk.

Video: Professor Jordan Peterson on climate change and climate policy at the Cambridge Union (January 2020).