November 10, 2016
Other research reveals that Americans increasingly tend to listen only to those who share similar views and to discount the credibility of those with whom they disagree. In a recent article the Guardian reports that a team of researchers at Texas Tech University examined liberal and conservative views of Pope Francis' recent encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si. The team concluded,
In sum, while [the] pope's environmental call may have increased some individuals'
concerns about climate change, it backfired with conservative Catholics and non-Catholics,
who not only resisted the message but defended their pre-existing beliefs by devaluing
the pope's credibility on climate change.
In this case it appears that conservative Catholics tend to believe conservative political sources more than the head of their own church.
Read the story here.