The GOP’s scientific base is largely comprised of white, evangelical Protestants, a new survey finds.
In the new survey, released Tuesday, researchers from the American Conservative found that only 35% of Republicans surveyed say they believe climate change is real.
And only 34% of GOP voters believe that human activity is contributing to global warming.
Only 18% of Republican voters believe the planet is warming.
That means that only 17% of all Republican voters who lean toward the GOP believe the country is headed in the right direction on climate change.
The GOP is a party that embraces a religious worldview and is skeptical of climate change, said survey author and political scientist Jonathan Haidt.
In fact, just 17% in the survey said that they believed in climate change because they believe the earth is flat.
That compares with 55% of Democrats and 53% of independents who believe the Earth is round.
Haidt said the survey shows that the GOP does not have a robust climate change message.
“It’s not really a message that is resonating with most people,” Haidsaid.
“There are more people who believe in climate denial and believe it’s a fringe belief, than there are Republicans who are more climate positive,” Hidt said.
“In my opinion, Republicans are not prepared to engage with climate change in the way that they would like,” he said.
The new survey was conducted by Princeton University’s Institute for Public Accuracy and was released to coincide with the Republican National Convention.
The poll was conducted from July 16 to July 19.