Thanks to The Economist for summarizing this Yale University data about climate change skepticism by political affiliation.
It seems that compared to Democrats, Independents, and Republicans, the Tea Party is:
- Least likely to beleive in Global Warming
- Most likely to believe they are "very informed" about Global Warming
- Most likely to believe they need no more information about Global Warming
I think what's striking is the size of the differences here.
~50% of Tea Partiers don't believe in global warming compared to just 30% of Republicans (and <15% of Independents/Democrats).
~30% of Tea Partiers consider themselves "very informed" compared to <10% of any other affiliation.
>50% of Tea Partiers think they have all the information they need to make an informed judgment about Global Warming compared to ~20% for all other affiliations.
So not are they ignorant about Global Warming, they are convinced they know more than anyone else.
It would be hilarious if it weren't so pathetic.