Waterlines: Confluence and Hope through Environmental Communication. The 15th biennial Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE). June 17-21, 2019, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Your Money or Your (Wild) Life? Conservative/Liberal Ideology, Deference to Authority and Media Use as Predictors of Support for Environmental Regulation in the Context of the Economy

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Author(s): 
Runge, Kristin K.
Spartz, James T.
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Scholarly papers
Abstract: 

This study examines support for environmental regulation in an economic context among Wisconsin survey respondents. We use measures, or variations of measures, common in science and environmental communication research: personal predispositions (i.e. religious guidance and political ideology), deference to authority, and individual media use, to determine what effect these variables have on individual levels of support for environmental regulation in an economic context. Using a representative survey and OLS regression, this study finds that personal religious guidance, deference to business and industry leaders, attention to economic news, attention to Fox News and attention to talk radio are negatively related to support for environmental regulation. Age, liberal political ideology, deference to economists, attention to natural resource and environmental news and attention to network news (ABC/NBC/CBS) are positively related to support for regulation.