The visuals at the People’s Climate March in New York last Sunday conveyed more than just catchy slogans and clever words of inspiration. The signs and costumes and floats were messages to the world designed to create change. This marcher is making a very clear statement that is supported by our findings, presented in our recent report, Politics and Global Warming, Spring 2014. We find that while big differences do exist between conservative Republicans and Democrats, other Republicans look more like Democrats than their conservative fellow party members on numerous climate issues. Just one example among registered voters: Majorities of Democrats (88 percent) and moderate-to-liberal Republicans (61 percent) think global warming is happening. By marked contrast, only about one in four – 28 percent – conservative Republicans agree.Continue reading
“Climate Connections,” a new national radio program now on the air, shares daily stories about how climate change is affecting life in North America and what individuals and groups are doing about it.
The stories will help listeners ”connect the dots” between climate change and energy, extreme weather, public health, food and water, jobs and the economy, national security, the creative arts, and religious and moral values, among other themes.
The series, consisting of 90-second episodes, is edited by Bud Ward, a veteran environmental journalist and longtime editor of the Yale Forum on Climate Change & the Media (now Yale Climate Connections), and hosted by YPCCC Director Anthony Leiserowitz. Listen to sample stories and subscribe to the daily podcast at Yale Climate Connections.Continue reading
The journal Risk Analysis recently published our article "The Role of Emotion in Global Warming Policy Support and Opposition." Prior research has found that affect (feelings of good or bad) and affective imagery (associations) strongly influence public support for global warming. This article extends this literature by exploring the separate influence of discrete emotions, like fear, anger, worry, guilt, etc.
Using a nationally representative survey in the United States, this study found that discrete emotions were stronger predictors of global warming policy support than cultural worldviews (egalitarianism, individualism), negative affect, top of mind associations, or socio-demographic variables, including political party and ideology. In fact, 50% of the variance in public support for global warming policies was explained by the emotion measures alone.
Millions of registered voters would sign a pledge to vote for, would work for, or would give money to candidates who share their views on global warming – if asked to by a person they like and respect. This suggests that global warming could become a more prominent electoral issue if campaigns engage and mobilize this potential “issue public.”Continue reading
We are pleased to announce a newly published article: "How to Communicate the Scientific Consensus on Climate Change: Plain Facts, Pie Charts or Metaphors?" by Sander van der Linden, Anthony Leiserowitz, Geoffrey Feinberg and Edward W. Maibach in the journal Climatic Change. The article is available for download here.Continue reading
In our spring 2014 national survey, we asked Americans who are registered to vote how important 19 different issues will be to their vote in the 2014 Congressional election. Here we focus only on those who say an issue will be “very important” to their vote – the strongest possible response. Fewer than half of Americans say a candidate’s stance on energy independence (43%), protecting the environment (39%), developing clean energy sources (39%), or global warming (32%) will be “very important” to their vote.Continue reading