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Survey finds religious Americans less likely to be concerned about climate change

while most americans agree While climate change is a serious problem, a new survey found that people who self-identify as highly religious are less likely to be concerned about the issue.

The poll, released Thursday by the Pew Research Center, surveyed American adults to find out how their religious beliefs influence their views on the environment. Between April 11 and 17, 10,156 adults were surveyed. While a majority of respondents said they regarded the Earth as “sacred”, some groups did not see climate change as a serious problem.

The study found, “Most American adults – including a solid majority of Christians and sizable numbers of people who identify with other religious traditions – view the Earth as sacred and believe that God has given humans a duty to care for it. “

Those surveyed said “they pray every day, regularly attend religious services and view religion as very important in their lives,” compared to non-religious Americans or Americans of non-Christian faiths. There was little to be concerned about rising temperatures. , found pew. And only 8% of those who identified as highly religious said they were “very concerned” about climate change.


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The report found that “Evangelical Protestants are the most likely of all major US religious groups to express skeptical views” – nearly a third of evangelical Protestants surveyed said they felt unsure, or were unconvinced, that the Earth is warming. .

On the other hand, the study found that “members of non-Christian religions and those who do not identify with any religion … consistently express the highest levels of concern about climate change.” Nine out of 10 atheists surveyed said the Earth is warming, mostly because of human activities.

People in other Christian subgroups, such as Catholics, fall somewhere in between the two extremes, according to Pew.

Pew found that there are a few reasons why different groups develop different views – chief among them being politics. Evangelical Protestants identified largely as Republican, the poll said, and were “less likely than the overall public to say that Earth’s warming is mostly caused by human activity.”

The study found that those surveyed who identified as atheists, non-religious Americans and non-Christian religions were mostly Democrats “who are more concerned about climate change and support government actions to combat it. “

Those who identified as highly religious said they were not concerned about climate change because “there are huge problems in the world today, God is in control of the climate, climate change will not have a big impact on most people.” ,” and “New technologies will fix any problems caused by climate change.”

Pew also found that they were concerned about “the potential consequences of environmental regulations”. The poll of Christians and Protestants says the US is most likely to respond to global climate change with stricter regulations, which “could cost a lot of jobs” or damage the economy.

Pew said another reason religious Americans may be less concerned about global warming is because it is an issue rarely touched upon in religious services.

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