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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
September 24 2012

The Potential Impact of Global Warming on the 2012 Presidential Election

The Potential Impact of Global Warming on the 2012 Presidential Election

Highlights

A new national survey finds that 11% of likely voters remain undecided about whom they will vote for President. The majority of these undecided voters say the Presidential candidates’ positions on global warming will be one of several important factors determining how they cast their vote.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Politics / Elections
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
April 26 2012

The legacy of “climategate:” Revitalizing or undermining climate science and policy?

The release of emails from a server at the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit (CRU) in November 2009 and the following climategate controversy have become a topic for interpretation in the social sciences. This article picks out some of the most...

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Topics: Media Policy Support Politics / Elections Trust
April 26 2012

Public Support for Climate & Energy Policies in March 2012

Public Support for Climate and Energy Policies in March 2012 reports results from a nationally representative survey of 1,008 American adults, aged 18 and older, fielded March 12 through March 30, 2012, using the online research panel of Knowledge Networks. The report includes measures of public priorities for global warming and clean energy, desired action from elected officials, corporations, and citizens, support and opposition to climate and energy policies, and voting intentions. The report also includes a breakdown of responses among registered voters by political party.

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Topics: Citizen Behavior Policy Support Politics / Elections
March 07 2012

Rio+20: An endangered species?

During the third week of June 2012, the United Nations will convene Rio+20, officially known as the UN Summit on Sustainable Development (UNSSD), to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the UN Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de...

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Topics: Policy Support Politics / Elections Sustainability
September 07 2011

Politics and Global Warming: Democrats, Republicans, Independents and the Tea Party

Politics and Global Warming: Democrats, Republicans, Independents and the Tea Party

A special report, Politics & Global Warming: Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and the Tea Party reports how the members of each political party respond to the issue of global warming. The Tea Party has become an important new player in American politics, so this report for the first time separates their views on global warming from the traditional political categories of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Policy Support Politics / Elections Risk Perceptions Trust Values & Religion
August 28 2011

Framing peak petroleum as a human health issue: Audience research and participatory engagement

Between December 2009 and January 2010, we conducted a nationally representative telephone survey of US adults (n = 1001; completion rate = 52.9%) to explore perceptions of risks associated with peak petroleum. We asked respondents to assess...

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Topics: Health Politics / Elections Risk Communication Risk Perceptions
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
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