The role of felt responsibility in climate change political participation

Sammi Munson, John Kotcher, Edward Maibach, Seth A Rosenthal, Anthony Leiserowitz (2021). “The role of felt responsibility in climate change political participation.” Oxford Open Climate Change, 1(1), kgab012. [open access]]

Abstract: This research letter investigates the role of feelings of responsibility to reduce climate change (i.e. ‘felt responsibility’) as an antecedent to climate change-related political behaviors and intentions, including willingness to join a campaign, likelihood of supporting pro-climate presidential candidates and past contact with elected officials. Using nationally representative survey data (n = 1029), we find that felt responsibility has a significant positive relationship with future behavioral intent, but not past behavior. Implications and future research are discussed.

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