Five Facts on Catholics and Climate Change

Pope Francis’ highly anticipated encyclical on the environment comes out on June 18. The letter’s novelty plays into its appeal; not only is it Pope Francis’s first encyclical, it will also be the first encyclical on the environment in the history of the Catholic Church.

To better understand Catholics’ views on the environment and climate change, PRRI put together five key findings from our recent climate change survey, conducted in partnership with the American Academy of Religion (AAR). Overall, Catholic attitudes largely mirror those of Americans overall—but there are sharp divides between Hispanic and white Catholics in their understanding of about climate change, the concerns they express about it and support for various policies to address it. CONT.

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