Americans' Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in March 2012 reports results from a national survey of Americans' global warming beliefs and attitudes. Overall, Americans' beliefs and attitudes about global warming have remained relatively stable over the past several months, with a few exceptions. There has been a slight increase in the proportion of people that believe global warming is happening and a slight decrease in the proportion that believe it is caused by mostly by human activities...Attitudes & Beliefs Knowledge / Climate Literacy Risk Perceptions Trust
Extreme Weather, Climate & Preparedness in the American Mind 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 observations and experiences of weather, opinions about the links between global warming and particular extreme weather events, levels of household preparedness, and use of local weather forecasts.Attitudes & Beliefs Risk Perceptions Vulnerability & Resilience
This article explores how affective image associations to global warming have changed over time. Four nationally representative surveys of the American public were conducted between 2002 and 2010 to assess public global warming risk perceptions...Attitudes & Beliefs Emotion / Affect / Imagery Risk Perceptions
Information seeking about global climate change among parents and their adolescents: The role of risk perceptions and efficacy beliefs
Global climate change is likely to have significant impacts on public health. Effective communication is critical to informing public decision making and behavior to mitigate climate change. An effective method of audience segmentation, the risk perception...Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Risk Perceptions Youth / Families
On December 11 at the Durban (South Africa) Conference on Climate Change, the world agreed to extend the Kyoto Protocol and begin negotiations on a new global treaty that will require all countries (developed and developing) to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. In a national survey completed in November 2011, we found that a large majority of Americans (66%) support signing an international treaty requiring the US to cut emissions 90% by 2050.
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Highlights and Changes since May 2011:
- Public understanding that global warming is happening remained essentially unchanged at 63 percent, while belief that it is caused mostly by human activities increased three points since May 2011, to 50 percent.
- A majority of Americans (57%) now disagree with the statement, “With the economy in such bad shape, the US can’t afford to reduce global warming” – an 8 point increase in disagreement since May 2011.
Although a majority of US citizens think that the president and Congress should address global warming, only a minority think it should be a high priority. Previous research has shown that four key beliefs about climate change—that it is real, human caused...Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Knowledge / Climate Literacy Policy Support Risk Communication Risk Perceptions
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