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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
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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Topics: Policy Support Politics / Elections
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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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Policy Support Politics / Elections
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
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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Topics: International Surveys Policy Support Risk Perceptions
November 28 2012

Public Climate Change Awareness and Climate Change Communication in China

Public Climate Change Awareness and Climate Change Communication in China

Highlights

  • 93 percent of respondents say they know at least a little about climate change. 11 percent say they know a lot, 54 percent know something, and 28 percent know just a little about it. 7 percent have never heard of climate change.
  • 55 percent say that climate change is caused mostly by human activities, while 38 percent say that climate change is caused mostly by natural changes in the environment.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs International Surveys Knowledge / Climate Literacy Policy Support Risk Perceptions Trust
November 13 2012

Public Support for Climate and Energy Policies in September 2012

Public Support for Climate and Energy Policies in September 2012

Highlights

  • A large majority of Americans (77%) say global warming should be a “very high” (18%), “high” (25%), or “medium” priority (34%) for the president and Congress. One in four (23%) say it should be a low priority.
  • Nearly all Americans (92%) say the president and the Congress should make developing sources of clean energy a “very high” (31%), “high” (38%), or “medium” priority (23%)....

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Topics: Citizen Behavior Policy Support Politics / Elections
August 26 2012

Climate Change in the Indian Mind

Climate Change in the Indian Mind

Highlights

Millions of Indians are observing changes in their local rainfall, temperatures, and weather, report more frequent droughts and floods, and a more unpredictable monsoon.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Consumer Behavior Energy Use / Conservation Health International Surveys Knowledge / Climate Literacy Media Policy Support Risk Perceptions Sustainability Trust Values & Religion Vulnerability & Resilience
August 14 2012

The Political Benefits of Taking a Pro-Climate Stand in 2012

The Political Benefits of Taking a Pro-Climate Stand in 2012

This brief report draws upon data from a nationally representative survey conducted in March 2012 (Climate Change in the American Mind) and other research to investigate the question: On balance, will candidates for political office benefit or be harmed by talking about and supporting action to reduce global warming?

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Topics: Policy Support Politics / Elections
May 13 2012

Willingness to pay and political support for a U.S. national clean energy standard

In 2010 and 2011, Republicans and Democrats proposed mandating clean power generation in the electricity sector. To evaluate public support for a national clean energy standard (NCES), we conducted a nationally representative survey that...

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Topics: Citizen Behavior Energy Use / Conservation Policy Support Politics / Elections
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