CSU Campus or Other Affiliation

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo


Climate change has become a defining issue of the 21st century. According to a Pew Research (2020) survey, for the first time in its two-decade history, a majority of Americans now believe that dealing with climate change should be a top priority for the President and Congress, which is a 14% rise from four years prior. Nonetheless, this rise is accompanied by a deep partisan divide amongst citizens of the United States (U.S.) and Republicans are far less likely to consider climate change a top public priority with a roughly 50% partisan gap on the issue (Popovich, 2020). Thus, this partisan gap raises an important question: what are the effects of political orientation, time orientation, and motivation orientation on climate change attitudes and behavioral intention? The goal of this research is to examine this question by testing the influence of these factors on eight outcome variables.