Analyst says GOP, Dems are most divided on climate change

Polling and public opinion analyst Dan Cox said in an interview that aired Tuesday on "What America's Thinking" that Republicans and Democrats are most divided on the issue of climate change. 

"[There is] no single issue [that] Republicans and Democrats are more divided [on] now than on climate change," Cox, an analyst at the American Enterprise Institute, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on Monday. 

A report late last year from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason Center for Climate Change Communication featured on NBC News found a significant partisan divide on the issue. 

Seventy-one percent of Democrats polled said climate change was a "serious problem" that required action to be taken, while 15 percent of Republicans said the same, according to the report. 

Forty-seven percent of independent respondents said they would call climate change a serious problem and indicated that action needed to be taken. 

Cox suggested that President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE could be contributing to a partisan divide on the issue.

"People who don't pay attention to it, or who are not experts, probably haven't read these scientific reports, rely on their leaders," he said. "On the Republican side, you're seeing the leader of the GOP, Donald Trump, coming out and saying this is a hoax, this is a Chinese hoax." 

Trump has repeatedly expressed doubts about research surrounding climate change and global warming. He recently suggested in a tweet that freezing temperatures in the Midwest could not have occurred in the face of global warming. 

— Julia Manchester