Party Elites or Manufactured Doubt? The Informational Context of Climate Change Polarization

  title={Party Elites or Manufactured Doubt? The Informational Context of Climate Change Polarization},
  author={Eric Merkley and Dominik A. Stecuła},
  journal={Science Communication},
  pages={258 - 274}
Americans polarized on climate change despite decreasing uncertainty in climate science. Explanations focused on organized climate skeptics and ideologically driven motivated reasoning are likely insufficient. Instead, Americans may have formed their attitudes by using party elite cues. We analyze the content of over 8,000 print, broadcast, and cable news stories. We find that coverage became increasingly partisan as climate change rose in salience, but climate skeptics received scant attention… 

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