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September 10 2013

Climate Change in the Californian Mind

Climate Change in the Californian Mind

Highlights:

  • 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.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Consumer Behavior Energy Use / Conservation Knowledge / Climate Literacy Policy Support Risk Perceptions Trust Format Reports Projects Climate Change in the American Mind Tags Energy Knowledge Risk Surveys Topics Behaviors & Actions Beliefs & Attitudes Politics & Policy Support
September 04 2013

Climate Change in the Coloradan Mind

Climate Change in the Coloradan Mind

Highlights:

  • Most Coloradans (70%) believe global warming is happening. Relatively few—only 19%— believe it is not.
  • Nearly half (48%) believe global warming is caused mostly by human activities.
  • Coloradans think global warming is important and are worried about it. Three in four (73%) say the issue of global warming is very or somewhat important to them personally. And six in ten (59%) are at least somewhat worried about it.
  • Among those who believe global warming is happening, 70% believe it is currently contributing to increased droughts and decreased snowpack, and 66% believe it is exacerbating wildfires.
  • About half of Coloradans (48%) say they have personally experienced global warming’s effects.
  • More than half of Coloradans say that more should be done about global warming at all levels of government—from President Obama and Congress, to Governor Hickenlooper and the state legislature, to local government officials. However, even larger numbers of Coloradans believe that corporations and industry (67%) and citizens themselves (66%) should be doing more to address climate change.
  • Half of Coloradans (52%) say that switching from fossil fuels to clean energy sources would increase economic growth and the number of jobs

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Consumer Behavior Energy Use / Conservation Knowledge / Climate Literacy Policy Support Risk Perceptions Trust Format Reports Projects Climate Change in the American Mind Tags Energy Knowledge Risk Surveys Topics Behaviors & Actions Beliefs & Attitudes Politics & Policy Support
June 28 2013

Bill Maher & Anthony Leiserowitz Talk Global Warming and Obama’s Climate Speech

HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" featured YPCCC Director Anthony Leiserowitz on Global Warming's Six Americas and President Obama's climate speech.

 

Anthony Leiserowitz on Bill Maher from Yale University on Vimeo.

 

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Policy Support Politics / Elections Projects Outreach Topics Beliefs & Attitudes Politics & Policy Support
May 21 2013

Global Warming’s Six Indias

Global Warming’s Six Indias

A new national study in India finds six distinct groups within the Indian public that respond to the issue of climate change in very different ways. These "Six Indias" include:

  • The Informed (19%)
  • The Experienced (24%)
  • The Undecided (15%)
  • The Unconcerned (15%)
  • The Indifferent (11%)
  • The Disengaged (16%)

 

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Consumer Behavior Energy Use / Conservation International Surveys Knowledge / Climate Literacy Policy Support Risk Perceptions Six Americas Trust Values & Religion Vulnerability & Resilience Format Reports Projects International Attitudes & Behavior Tags Energy International Knowledge Risk Six Americas Values / Religion Vulnerability Topics Audiences Behaviors & Actions Beliefs & Attitudes Climate Impacts Politics & Policy Support
May 20 2013

Public Support for Climate & Energy Policies in April 2013

Public Support for Climate & Energy Policies in April 2013

Highlights:

• A large majority of Americans (87%, down 5 percentage points since Fall 2012) say the president and the Congress should make developing sources of clean energy a “very high” (26%), “high” (32%), or medium priority (28%). Few say it should be a low priority (12%).
• Most Americans (70%, down 7 points since Fall 2012) say global warming should be a “very high” (16%), “high” (26%), or “medium priority” (29%) for the president and Congress. Three in ten (28%) say it should be a low priority.

• Majorities of Americans support:

• Providing tax rebates for people who purchase energy-efficient vehicles or solar panels (71%);
• Funding more research into renewable energy sources (70%);
• Regulating CO2 as a pollutant (68%);
• Requiring fossil fuel companies to pay a carbon tax and using the money to pay down the national debt (61%);
• Eliminating all subsidies for the fossil-fuel industry (59%);
• Expanding offshore drilling for oil and natural gas off the U.S. coast (58%);
• Requiring electric utilities to produce at least 20% of their electricity from renewable energy sources, even if it costs the average household an extra $100 a year (55%).

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Topics: Policy Support Format Reports Projects Climate Change in the American Mind Tags Energy Surveys Topics Politics & Policy Support
April 02 2013

A National Survey of Republicans and Republican-­‐Leaning Independents on Energy and Climate Change

A National Survey of Republicans and Republican-­‐Leaning Independents on Energy and Climate Change

Highlights:

  • A majority of respondents (52%) believe climate change is happening, while 26 percent believe it is not, and 22 percent say they “don’t know.”
  • A large majority (77%) says the United States should use more renewable energy sources (solar, wind & geothermal) in the future. Among those who support expanded use of renewable energy, nearly 7 out of 10 think the U.S. should increase the use of renewable energy “immediately”.
  • By a margin of 2 to 1, respondents say America should take action to reduce our fossil fuel use.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Policy Support Politics / Elections Format Reports Projects Climate Change in the American Mind Tags Energy Surveys Topics Beliefs & Attitudes Politics & Policy Support
January 15 2013

The Political Benefits to Taking a Pro-Climate Stand in 2013

The Political Benefits to Taking a Pro-Climate Stand in 2013

This brief report draws upon data from our latest national survey (September 2012) to investigate this question: On balance, do political leaders stand to benefit, or not, from talking about and supporting action to address global warming?

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January 07 2013

Ending the Silence on Climate Change

Remember climate change? Anthony Leiserowitz, Director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, appeared on Moyers & Company to discuss the challenge of getting people to talk about climate change.

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December 17 2012

Willingness to pay and policy-instrument choice for climate change policy in the United States

This paper provides the first willingness-to-pay (WTP) estimates in support of a national climate-change policy that are comparable with the costs of actual legislative efforts in the U.S. Congress. Based on a survey of 2,034 American adults, we find that...

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Consumer Behavior Policy Support Format Articles Projects Climate Change in the American Mind Topics Behaviors & Actions Beliefs & Attitudes Politics & Policy Support
December 16 2012

Global perceptions of local temperature change

It is difficult to detect global warming directly because most people experience changes only in local weather patterns, which are highly variable and may not reflect long-term global climate trends. However, local climate-change experience may play an...

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