Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-3-2023

Faculty Advisor(s)

Ann Gordon


The subject of climate change has been a controversial debate for the past decade on whether it is real or just a myth. In this paper, the research that is found from various surveys will examine the correlation between fear of climate change and types of media usage. The correlation between fear of climate change and a person’s media usage will also demonstrate how media usage affects and shapes public opinion. The data associated with the fear of climate change was collected through the Chapman University American Fear Survey (CSAF). The survey sample was conducted on 1035 participants which is a nationally represented sample. The sample will be used to conduct an experiment on the correlation between climate change and media usage, and how the two factors influence public opinion. The power of the media and how it shapes public opinion is crucial in understanding the actualities of climate change. It is important to understand that public opinion can greatly influence urgent mitigation efforts to shape and influence policies to address climate change.


Presented at the Spring 2023 Student Scholar Symposium at Chapman University.