Democrats in the Seattle area top nation in saying climate change is real

Washington’s 7th Congressional District, which covers most of Seattle, Vashon Island and parts of south King and Snohomish counties, edges out California’s 12th (San Francisco) and Oregon’s 3rd (Portland) for the top spot.

Climate change, like every hot-button issue facing the nation, divides Americans along party lines.

Democrats are a lot more likely than Republicans to acknowledge Earth is heating up. But a new study from Yale University reveals that even among Democrats, opinions vary nationwide depending on the region in which people live.

And nowhere is acceptance of global warming more pervasive than in the Seattle area.

Among 425 congressional districts in the United States, Washington’s 7th District ranks No. 1 for acceptance of climate change among Democratic voters. About 93 percent of the ones who live in the district say they think global warming is happening, according to the study.

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Washington’s 7th, which covers most of Seattle, Vashon Island and parts of South King and Snohomish counties, edges out California’s 12th (San Francisco) and Oregon’s 3rd (Portland) for the top spot.

Washington’s 7th, represented in U.S. Congress by Pramila Jayapal, is one of the most solidly blue districts in the country. Hillary Clinton won 82 percent of the district’s vote in the 2016 presidential election.

“We are innovating this new statistical technique, giving us the ability to generate these estimates at the state and local levels” said Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. “This is the first time it’s ever been done for a specific sub-population … like Republicans and Democrats.”

While the strong majority of Democrats everywhere in the U.S. think global warming is real, there’s still a pretty big gap between those who live in Seattle and those in the Deep South.

Alabama and Mississippi make a clean sweep of the 10 lowest-ranking districts for Democratic acknowledgment of climate change. Alabama’s 1st Congressional District, which includes the city of Mobile, has the lowest acceptance of global warming among Democrats, with 68 percent acknowledging the overwhelming scientific evidence that the planet’s temperature is rising.

“Democrats in the Deep South are not as convinced (climate change) is happening, or that it’s human-caused, and they’re not as worried about it,”…

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