Scientific agreement can neutralize politicization of facts

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We thank B. Fischhoff for his helpful feedback and comments on an earlier version of this manuscript. We also thank S. Rosenthal, M. Mildenberger, B. Zhang and J. Marlon for their help with the survey design and data collection. The study was supported by funding from the MacArthur, Grantham and Energy foundations. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.

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  1. Department of Psychology, School of Biological Sciences, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

    • Sander van der Linden
  2. Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

    • Anthony Leiserowitz
  3. Center for Climate Change Communication, Department of Communication, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA

    • Edward Maibach


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S.V.L. and A.A.L. designed the study and collected the data. S.V.L. performed the statistical analyses with input from A.A.L. and wrote a first draft of the manuscript. E.W.M., A.A.L and S.V.L. all contributed to the writing and approved the final version of the manuscript.

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Correspondence to Sander van der Linden.

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