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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
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 27 2011

Global Warming’s Six Americas in May 2011

Global Warming’s Six Americas in May 2011

Nearly 40 percent of American adults are in the two groups most concerned about climate change – the Alarmed and the Concerned – while 25 percent of Americans are in the two groups least concerned about the issue – the Dismissive and Doubtful

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Energy Use / Conservation Policy Support Risk Perceptions Six Americas Trust Values & Religion
June 06 2011

Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in May 2011

Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in May 2011

Highlights and changes since June 2010:

  • Roughly half of all Americans believe that global warming is already causing or making the following things worse in the United States: coastline erosion and flooding, droughts, hurricanes, rivers flooding, and wildfires.
  • Public understanding that global warming is happening rose 3 points, to 64 percent.
  • Public understanding that it is caused mostly by human activities declined three points, to 47 percent.

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