Egyptian public’s concern for global warming: The influence of post-materialism, religiosity, political orientation, and locus of control, Dr. Mohamed Mostafa
Dr. Mohamed Mostafa
Gulf University for Science and Technology, West Mishref
Purpose: Despite the growing scientific evidence regarding risks caused by global warming and climate change, virtually no studies have been conducted to investigate general public’s attitudes toward this phenomenon in a non-Western context. The purpose of this paper is to investigate factors influencing concern for global warming in a representative sample of 2,551 respondents in Egypt.
Design/methodology/approach: The study uses logistic and Bayesian logistic regression modeling techniques to test the influence of post-materialistic tendencies, religiosity, political orientation and locus of control on concern for global warming in Egypt.
Findings: Results contradict the post-materialist hypothesis and show that concern for global warming is driven by religiosity, political orientation and internal locus of control.
Originality/value: The findings highlight the importance of investigating the specificity of global warming and environmental concern in a non-Western context.
Keywords: Climate change; Egypt; Sustainable development; Global warming; Religiosity; Locus of control; Post-materialism; Political orientation; Bayesian analysis.
Citation: Mostafa, M. (2016), "Egyptian public’s concern for global warming: The influence of post-materialism, religiosity, political orientation, and locus of control", World Journal of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, Vol. 13 No. 1, pp. 31-45. https://doi.org/10.1108/WJSTSD-07-2015-0039