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Motta Discusses Surveys on Climate Change Beliefs on Knowledge@Wharton

Annenberg Public Policy Center postdoctoral fellow Matthew Motta appeared on Knowledge@Wharton on SiriusXM radio to discuss the American public’s climate change beliefs, based on a new study.

Motta (below center) spoke with host Dan Loney (right) and Wharton professor Eric Orts (left), who is director of the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership, about the findings of a study published in Climatic Change. The study, co-authored by Motta and his fellow policy center postdocs Daniel Chapman, Dominik Stecula, and Kathryn Haglin, found that “seemingly trivial decisions made when constructing [survey] questions can, in some cases, significantly alter the proportion of the American public who appear to believe in human-caused climate change.”

For their conversation about climate change beliefs, listen to the audio below.

Motta and his coauthors recently published an article on the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog about their findings: “Do most Americans believe in climate change? The answer is more complicated than you might think. It depends on how you ask the question.” Click here to read it.

As of July 2018, Motta has taken a position as an assistant professor in the political science department of Oklahoma State University.