By Antonia Blumberg
Religion drives American attitudes toward evolution, according to a new study, but that’s not necessarily the case for climate change.
A recent study set out to discover whether religion factors into anti-science attitudes across the board. It found that while religious views drive Americans’ skepticism of evolution, climate change denial is more dependent on conservative political views and a lack of confidence in the scientific community.
The study, published by Rice sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund and several other researchers, found that about 20 percent of U.S. adults are skeptical that climate change is occurring or that humans play a role in it. Roughly 45 percent of the U.S. population believes evolution to be false.
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