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Analyst: Biggest Partisan Divide Is Over Climate Change

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By    |   Tuesday, 05 March 2019 05:47 PM

The deepest partisan rift between Republicans and Democrats is over climate change, according to one analyst.

In an interview on Hill.TV, polling and public opinion analyst Dan Cox of the American Enterprise Institute suggested President Donald Trump might be contributing to the division.

"[There is] no single issue [that] Republicans and Democrats are more divided [on] now than on than climate change," Cox said, pointing to a recent report from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason Center for Climate Change Communication.

According to Hill.TV, the report showed 71 percent of Democrats said climate change was a "serious problem" that required action to be taken; 15 percent of Republicans said the same. Meanwhile, 47 percent of independents said climate change is a serious problem and action was needed.

"People who don't pay attention to it, or who are not experts, probably haven't read these scientific reports, rely on their leaders," Cox told Hill.TV.

"On the Republican side, you're seeing the leader of the GOP, Donald Trump, coming out and saying this is a hoax, this is a Chinese hoax." 

Trump most recently suggested freezing temperatures in the Midwest could not occur in the face of global warming. 

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