An Attack on Science? Media Use, Trust inScientists, and Perceptions of Global Warming    Jay Hmielowski, Lauren Feldman, ...
General Research QuestionsHow does attention to various media outlets relate to (a) trust inscientists and (b) beliefs abo...
Conservative Media          -Are more likely to cover          climate contrarians and          conservative think tanks  ...
Non-Conservative Media-Less likely to give voiceto climate skeptics andtends to reflect thescientific consensus-Use of non...
Trust in Scientists       -Public possess limited       knowledge about global warming       -Rely on heuristics when     ...
Data & Analysis• Panel data from the Fall 2008 and Spring  2011  – 1,036 participants completed both waves• Two types of a...
Fixed Effects                               -Conservative Media Use               -                        -              ...
Lag Model ATime 1                                    Time 2                             -Conservative Media Use           ...
Lag Model BTime 1                                      Time 2                           -Conservative Media Use           ...
Conclusion• Media, trust and beliefs  – Conservative media- decreases trust in    scientists and belief that global warmin...
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  1. 1. An Attack on Science? Media Use, Trust inScientists, and Perceptions of Global Warming Jay Hmielowski, Lauren Feldman, Teresa Myers, Anthony Leiserowitz, and Edward Maibach
  2. 2. 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?
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Fixed Effects -Conservative Media Use - - + Global Trust in Warming is Scientists Happening Non- + +Conservative Media Use +
  8. 8. Lag Model ATime 1 Time 2 -Conservative Media Use - - + Global Trust in Warming is Scientists Happening Non- + +Conservative Media Use +
  9. 9. Lag Model BTime 1 Time 2 -Conservative Media Use - - + Global Trust in Warming is Scientists Happening Non- + +Conservative Media Use +
  10. 10. 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

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