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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
August 05 2011

Peak Oil, Public Health and Climate Change

Peak Oil, Public Health and Climate Change

The American Journal of Public Health just published an article about how Americans respond to framing 'peak oil' as a public health problem. YPCCC Director Anthony Leiserowitz and collaborators Matt Nisbet (American University) and Ed Maibach...

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Topics: Health Politics / Elections Risk Communication Risk Perceptions
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
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
June 08 2010

Public Support for Climate & Energy Policies in June 2010

A national survey of Americans' support and opposition to climate and energy policies. The survey was fielded from May 14 to June 1, 2010 with a nationally representative sample of 1,024 adults, using the online research panel of Knowledge Networks.

The report includes measures of overall public support for specific policies, a breakdown by political party, and how public support has changed since January, 2010 and November, 2008. A few highlights and changes since January, 2010:

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Topics: Policy Support Politics / Elections
April 23 2010

Citizen’s Guide to Taking Action on Climate Change

Citizen’s Guide to Taking Action on Climate Change

Scientists currently estimate that avoiding dangerous climate change would require significant emissions reductions below 1990 levels by 2050. In addition to preventing dangerous impacts from climate change such as sea level rise and severe weather events, climate action can promote economic prosperity, energy security, more livable communities, and create ample cost-saving opportunities for businesses and homes.

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Topics: Citizen Behavior Energy Use / Conservation Politics / Elections
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