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      Climate Change: US Public Opinion

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          The Nature and Origins of Mass Opinion

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            The case for motivated reasoning.

             Ziva Kunda (1990)
            It is proposed that motivation may affect reasoning through reliance on a biased set of cognitive processes--that is, strategies for accessing, constructing, and evaluating beliefs. The motivation to be accurate enhances use of those beliefs and strategies that are considered most appropriate, whereas the motivation to arrive at particular conclusions enhances use of those that are considered most likely to yield the desired conclusion. There is considerable evidence that people are more likely to arrive at conclusions that they want to arrive at, but their ability to do so is constrained by their ability to construct seemingly reasonable justifications for these conclusions. These ideas can account for a wide variety of research concerned with motivated reasoning.
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              THE POLITICIZATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND POLARIZATION IN THE AMERICAN PUBLIC'S VIEWS OF GLOBAL WARMING, 2001-2010

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                Journal
                Annual Review of Political Science
                Annu. Rev. Polit. Sci.
                Annual Reviews
                1094-2939
                1545-1577
                May 11 2017
                May 11 2017
                : 20
                : 1
                : 209-227
                10.1146/annurev-polisci-051215-022857
                © 2017

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