Climate Change & Ideology (Spain)

Published: 23 December 2021| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/n2pkt974cm.1
Jose Luis Arroyo Barrigüete


We sample 604 Spanish citizens and use the OSI 2.0 scale to assess the level of science literacy, ande their opinion about anthropogenic Climate Change. Scientific literacy was measured according to the OSI 2.0 scale, consisting of 19 items (Kahan, 2017). In order to measure their degree of belief in climate change, respondents were asked to indicate their opinion on the following statement: “There is indisputable evidence that humans cause global warming,” where zero indicated strong disagreement and ten strongly agreement.; Regarding ideological orientation, respondents were asked to place themselves on a scale where zero meant extreme left and ten meant extreme right. Two other variables were considered for additional checks. The first is the opinion on food waste (SDG 12: responsible production and consumption). Measured using the question “On a scale of zero to ten, what is your level of concern about food waste (zero corresponds to Not at all and ten corresponds to Extremely concerned).” The second is the specific knowledge of the scientific basis of climate change. Measured with the question “Global warming is caused by the depletion of the ozone layer [True/False].”



Universidad Pontificia Comillas


Climate Change, Literacy