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Poll: Climate change worries religious people less

A majority of adults in the United States, including large numbers of Christians and those who identify with other religions, hold the Earth sacred and believe that God has given humans a duty to care for it, a survey found. Is.

But according to a report published by the Pew Research Center, the most devout — those who pray daily, regularly attend religious services and view religion as important in their lives — express the least concern about global warming, In which 10,156 American adults were surveyed. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.6 percentage points.

The survey says that religious Americans are less concerned about climate change for several reasons.

“First and foremost is politics: the primary driver of American public opinion on climate is political party, not religion,” the report says.

“More religious Americans are more likely than others to identify with the Republican Party, and Republicans are much less likely than Democrats to believe that human activity (such as burning fossil fuels) is warming the Earth or Climate change a serious problem.

The survey found that 74% of religiously affiliated Americans say the Earth is sacred, and 80% have a sense of responsibility, that is, they completely or mostly agree with the idea that “God gave humans the power to care for the Earth.” duty to protect and care for, including plants and animals”.

Religious Americans who show little or no concern about climate change also say that “there are huge problems in the world, that God is in control of the weather, and that they don’t believe that the climate is actually changing.” Is.”

The report highlights that the non-religious – the fastest growing group in surveys asking Americans about their religious identity – are more likely to say climate change is linked to a religion than Americans (52) Have an extreme or very severe problem (70%). ,

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Religious coverage of The Associated Press is supported through a partnership with The Conversation US, with funding from the Lilly Endowment Inc. Associated Press is solely responsible for this content.

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