Researchers from the University of Western Australia released a press release today that investigated a person's motive to reject climate science (which they later refer to as man-made global warming). They did this by having visitors who frequent climate blogs complete an online questionnaire.
More than 1,000 people were asked a multitude of questions, all of which pertained to generalized scientific facts and one regarding the scientific theory of man-made global warming (AGW). No margin of error was indicated.
1. Princess Diana's death was not an accident
2. The Apollo moon landings never happened
3. HIV causes AIDS
4. Smoking causes lung cancer.
They also asked the respondents if they believed in free-market ideology (capitalism), that previous environmental problems were resolved, and their acceptance of climate science (AGW). Keep in mind that people who frequent climate blogs, especially skeptics, are highly versed in the ongoing climate debate and have a higher level of scientific knowledge.
These same respondents could also be quite familiar with misleading temperature charts, the release of climate-related emails showing scientists behaving badly, erroneous temperature records used to promulgate global warming hysteria, the lack of predicted sea level rise, how AGW is blamed for droughts, flooding, tornados, more hurricanes, fewer hurricanes, more snowfall, less snowpack, colder winters, milder winters, and so on.
But let's look at the questions the researchers used to make the erroneous conclusion that people "who subscribed to one or more conspiracy theories or who strongly supported a free market economy were more likely to reject the findings from climate science as well as other sciences."