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August 28 2011

Attention to science/environment news positively predicts and attention to political news negatively predicts global warming risk perceptions and policy support

Contemporary science and environmental news coverage of global warming increasingly portrays scientific consensus. Political news coverage of global warming, however, typically portrays controversy. We hypothesize that attention to science and...

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Topics: Media Policy Support Politics / Elections Risk Perceptions
June 27 2011

Global Warming’s Six Americas in May 2011

Global Warming’s Six Americas in May 2011

Nearly 40 percent of American adults are in the two groups most concerned about climate change – the Alarmed and the Concerned – while 25 percent of Americans are in the two groups least concerned about the issue – the Dismissive and Doubtful

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Energy Use / Conservation Policy Support Risk Perceptions Six Americas Trust Values & Religion
June 13 2011

Public Support for Climate & Energy Policies in May 2011

Public Support for Climate & Energy Policies in May 2011

Priority

  • 71 percent of Americans say global warming should be a very high (13%), high (27%), or medium (31%) priority for the president and Congress, including 50 percent of Republicans, 66 percent of Independents, and 88 percent of Democrats.
  • 91 percent of Americans say developing sources of clean energy should be a very high (32%), high (35%), or medium (24%) priority for the president and Congress, including 85 percent of Republicans, 89 percent of Independents, and 97 percent of Democrats.

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Topics: Policy Support Politics / Elections
March 10 2011

Identifying like-minded audiences for climate change public engagement campaigns: An audience segmentation analysis and tool development

In Fall 2008, we conducted a nationally representative survey of American adults (n = 2,164) to identify audience segments for global warming public engagement campaigns. By subjecting multiple measures of global warming beliefs, behaviors, policy...

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Policy Support Risk Perceptions Six Americas
December 03 2010

Cancun Presentation: Climate Change in the Public Mind

A presentation by Anthony Leiserowitz at the Forum on Climate Change Communication at COP 16 in Cancun, Mexico.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Policy Support Risk Perceptions
October 27 2010

Partisan Views of Climate Change

Americans’ Knowledge of Climate Change reports results from a national study of what Americans understand about how the climate system works, and the causes, impacts, and potential solutions to global warming. Among other findings, the study identifies a number of important gaps in public knowledge and common misconceptions about climate change.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Knowledge / Climate Literacy Media Policy Support Politics / Elections Risk Perceptions Trust
October 23 2010

Anthony Leiserowitz On Global Warming’s Six Americas

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Policy Support Politics / Elections Risk Perceptions Six Americas
September 28 2010

Informing an Effective Response to Climate Change

Education and communication are among the most powerful tools the nation has to bring hidden hazards to public attention, understanding, and action. Citizens, governments, and the private sector cannot factor climate change into their decisions...

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Knowledge / Climate Literacy Policy Support Politics / Elections Risk Communication Six Americas
July 08 2010

Global Warming’s Six Americas: June 2010

 

This report extends and updates an ongoing program of research analyzing Americans’ interpretations of and responses to climate change. This research segments the American public into six audiences that range along a spectrum of concern and issue engagement from the Alarmed, who are convinced of the reality and danger of climate change, and who are highly supportive of personal and political actions to mitigate the threat, to the Dismissive, who are equally convinced that climate change is not occurring and that no response should be made.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Consumer Behavior Energy Use / Conservation Policy Support Risk Perceptions Six Americas Trust Values & Religion
June 09 2010

American Opinion on Climate Change Warms Up

American Opinion on Climate Change Warms Up

Public concern about global warming appears to be on the rise again, after a year of significant declines, according to a new national survey conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.

Since January, public belief that global warming is happening rose four points, to 61 percent, while belief that it is caused mostly by human activities rose three points, to 50 percent.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Policy Support
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