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Unformatted text preview: males (30.4%) than of all other adults (18.0%) report that they understand global warming very well. The relatively modest Gamma
value (.28) for the relationship between the conservative white male dummy variable and the full self-reported understanding variable (“not at all” to “very well”)
indicates that conservative white males tend to assert somewhat greater personal understanding of global warming than do other adults. This, of course, seems an untenable self-assessment, given that conservative white males are more likely than are other adults to reject the
current scientific consensus. Yet, this pattern—where conservative white males are more confident in their knowledge
of climate change than are other adults, even as their beliefs conflict with the scientific consensus—is consistent
with our expectation that identity-protective cognition and system-justifying tendencies are especially strong within
conservative white males. Such processes, we argue, lead them to reject information from out-groups (e.g., liberals and
environmentalists) they see...
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