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  • An Attack on Science? Media Use, Trust inScientists, and Perceptions of Global Warming Jay Hmielowski, Lauren Feldman, Teresa Myers, Anthony Leiserowitz, and Edward Maibach
  • General Research QuestionsHow does attention to various media outlets relate to (a) trust inscientists and (b) beliefs about whether global warming is occurring?Does trust in scientists serve as a mediating variable between mediause and beliefs about global warming?
  • Conservative Media -Are more likely to cover climate contrarians and conservative think tanks -Use of conservative media shown to decrease belief that global warming is happening
  • Non-Conservative Media-Less likely to give voiceto climate skeptics andtends to reflect thescientific consensus-Use of non-conservativemedia shown to increasebelief that global warmingis happening
  • Trust in Scientists -Public possess limited knowledge about global warming -Rely on heuristics when reporting attitudes, opinions, etc. -Trust in scientists has been shown to be a heuristic, especially for scientific issues (e.g., global warming) -Media have been shown to influence public trust in scientists
  • Data & Analysis• Panel data from the Fall 2008 and Spring 2011 – 1,036 participants completed both waves• Two types of analysis – Fixed effects regression – Lagged regression
  • Fixed Effects -Conservative Media Use - - + Global Trust in Warming is Scientists Happening Non- + +Conservative Media Use +
  • Lag Model ATime 1 Time 2 -Conservative Media Use - - + Global Trust in Warming is Scientists Happening Non- + +Conservative Media Use +
  • Lag Model BTime 1 Time 2 -Conservative Media Use - - + Global Trust in Warming is Scientists Happening Non- + +Conservative Media Use +
  • Conclusion• Media, trust and beliefs – Conservative media- decreases trust in scientists and belief that global warming is happening – Non-conservative media- increases trust in scientists and belief that global warming is happening• Trust serves as a mediating variable• Over time effect- T1 media use influences T2 beliefs