Climate Change in the Californian Mind
- Most Californians (79%) believe global warming is happening, while only 11% believe it is not.
- Over half (58%) believe that if global warming is happening, it is mostly due to human activities.
- A majority (55%) also believes that most scientists think global warming is happening.
Of those who believe global warming is happening, large majorities say that:
- Global warming is already having an influence on the severity of heat waves (96%), wildfires (91%), and droughts (90%) in California.
- Over the next 50 years, climate change will cause more heat waves (93%), droughts and water shortages (92%), declining numbers of fish and native wildlife (91%), increased allergies, asthma, infectious diseases, or other health problems (86%), and more power outages (84%) in the state.
The study also found that Californians support more climate action:
- Six in ten want more action by Governor Brown, the state legislature, and local government officials.
- Even more say corporations and industry (73%) and citizens themselves (70%) should be doing more to address the issue.