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Soc. Sci. 2016, 5(4), 76; doi:10.3390/socsci5040076

The Influence of Religiously and Scientifically Framed Messages on Agreement with Water Use Restrictions

College of Medicine, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859, USA
Academic Editor: Martin J. Bull
Received: 6 October 2016 / Revised: 8 November 2016 / Accepted: 18 November 2016 / Published: 23 November 2016
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Abstract

Recent droughts in 2012 and 2013 have increased attention to water use issues in the United States. Cities, government agencies, and environmental nonprofit organizations use scientifically-framed messages to advocate for water conservation. In addition, some religious organizations use messages based on religious teachings to promote water conservation. Because approximately 70% of the U.S. public reports some religious affiliation, it is important to investigate the influence of religious and scientific messages for promoting water conservation. I report the results of an experiment that examines how scientifically- and religiously-framed messages influence attitudes about water use restrictions. I found that Christians were no more or less likely to agree with a policy calling for water use restrictions than non-Christians and non-religious people. However, a Christian religious message negatively influenced agreement with water use restrictions in the entire sample—and in a Christian subsample. Results suggest that religiously framed messages may not increase environmental concern. View Full-Text
Keywords: water use restrictions; structural equation modeling; messaging; religion; science; drought water use restrictions; structural equation modeling; messaging; religion; science; drought
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Clements, J.M. The Influence of Religiously and Scientifically Framed Messages on Agreement with Water Use Restrictions. Soc. Sci. 2016, 5, 76.

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