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August 02 2012

What Comes to Mind When You Think of the Term “Global Warming?”

In the past decade, the images and feelings Americans associate with the term “global warming” have shifted dramatically.  We recently published an article in the journal Risk Analysis that identifies and analyzes these shifts in the connotative meaning of “global warming.”

The graph below summarizes how Americans’ associations to “global warming” changed from 2003 to 2010 (more data can be found in the paper).

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Emotion / Affect / Imagery Risk Communication Risk Perceptions
May 15 2012

Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in March 2012

Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in March 2012

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...

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Knowledge / Climate Literacy Risk Perceptions Trust
April 17 2012

Extreme Weather, Climate, and Preparedness

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.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Risk Perceptions Vulnerability & Resilience
April 04 2012

The rise of global warming skepticism: Exploring affective image associations

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...

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Emotion / Affect / Imagery Risk Perceptions
February 01 2012

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...

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Risk Perceptions Youth / Families
December 11 2011

Do Americans support an international treaty on climate change?

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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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Health Knowledge / Climate Literacy Media Risk Communication Risk Perceptions
December 07 2011

Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in November 2011

Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in November 2011

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.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Knowledge / Climate Literacy Risk Perceptions Trust
November 20 2011

Support for climate policy and societal action are linked to perceptions about scientific agreement

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...

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Knowledge / Climate Literacy Policy Support Risk Communication Risk Perceptions
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
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