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How geographic distance and political ideology interact to influence public perception of unconventional oil / natural gas development

Clarke, Chris, Bugden, Dylan, Hart, Sol, Stedman, Richard, Jacquet, Jeffrey, Evensen, Darrick and Boudet, Hilary 2016. How geographic distance and political ideology interact to influence public perception of unconventional oil / natural gas development. Energy Policy 97 , pp. 301-309. 10.1016/j.enpol.2016.07.032

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Abstract

A growing area of research has addressed public perception of unconventional oil and natural gas development via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). We extend this research by examining how geographic proximity to such extraction interacts with political ideology to influence issue support. Regression analysis of data from a fall 2013 national telephone survey of United States residents reveals that as respondents’ geographic distance from areas experiencing significant development increases, political ideology becomes more strongly associated with issue support, with the liberal-partisan divide widening. Our findings support construal level theory's central premise: that people use more abstract considerations (like political ideology) the more geographically removed they are from an issue. We discuss implications for studying public opinion of energy development as well as for risk communication.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 0301-4215
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 July 2017
Date of Acceptance: 19 July 2016
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2020 20:49
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/95574

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