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'Highly religious' Americans less worried about climate change

by Kelly Valencia

A new poll has revealed those Americans who pray daily, regularly attend religious services and consider religion crucial in their lives, are less likely to worry about climate change than other US adults. 

Released by the Pew Research Center, the report said the driver behind climate change opinion was political association not religion. 

"Highly religious Americans are more inclined than others to identify with or lean toward the Republican Party, and Republicans tend to be much less likely than Democrats to believe human activity (such as burning fossil fuels) is warming the earth or to consider climate change a serious problem," the report read. 

According to the report, those who showed little or no concern about the climate said they believe "there are much bigger problems in the world, that God is in control of the climate, and that they do not believe the climate is actually changing." 

Having surveyed 10,156 US adults over a period of eight days in April, the survey also found 74 per cent of those of those who are religious affiliated said the earth is sacred, while 80 per cent felt a sense of stewardship and agreed with the idea that "God gave humans a duty to protect and care for the earth, including the plants and animals." 

About four in ten of those with religious affiliation admitted they've prayed for the environment in the past year while two thirds of them said they believed their faith's scriptures include lessons about the environment. 

These views are common across Christian denominations. 

Three-quarters of both evangelical Protestants and members of historically Black Protestant churches say the Bible includes lessons about the environment. 

Eight in ten U.S.Catholics and mainline Protestants say the earth is sacred. Seventy-seven per cent of non-Christian or religious people also believe so. 

You can access the full findings here

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