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?Policy Support Politics / Elections
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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...Citizen Behavior Energy Use / Conservation Policy Support Politics / Elections
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...Media Policy Support Politics / Elections Trust
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.Citizen Behavior Policy Support Politics / Elections
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...Policy Support Politics / Elections Sustainability
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.Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Policy Support Politics / Elections Risk Perceptions Trust Values & Religion
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...Health Politics / Elections Risk Communication Risk Perceptions
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...Media Policy Support Politics / Elections Risk Perceptions
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...Health Politics / Elections Risk Communication Risk Perceptions
- 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.