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February 15 2011

Knowledge of Climate Change Among Visitors to Science & Technology Museums

Knowledge of Climate Change Among Science & Technology Museum Visitors reports results from a national study of what the American public understands about how the climate system works, and the causes, impacts and potential solutions to global warming. This report describes how knowledge of climate change varies across Science and Technology Museum visitors. Using a straight grading scale, 38% of both occasional and frequent museum visitors received a passing grade (A, B, or C), compared to 19% of non-visitors. While knowledge levels vary across the groups, these results also indicate that relatively few museum visitors have an in-depth understanding of climate change. For more information, please click on the PDF.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Knowledge / Climate Literacy Risk Perceptions Youth / Families
December 03 2010

Cancun Presentation: Climate Change in the Public Mind

A presentation by Anthony Leiserowitz at the Forum on Climate Change Communication at COP 16 in Cancun, Mexico.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Policy Support Risk Perceptions
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
October 12 2010

Americans’ Knowledge of Climate Change

Americans’ Knowledge 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 Knowledge / Climate Literacy Risk Perceptions
July 08 2010

Global Warming’s Six Americas: June 2010

 

This report extends and updates an ongoing program of research analyzing Americans’ interpretations of and responses to climate change. This research segments the American public into six audiences that range along a spectrum of concern and issue engagement from the Alarmed, who are convinced of the reality and danger of climate change, and who are highly supportive of personal and political actions to mitigate the threat, to the Dismissive, who are equally convinced that climate change is not occurring and that no response should be made.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Consumer Behavior Energy Use / Conservation Policy Support Risk Perceptions Six Americas Trust Values & Religion
June 08 2010

Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in June 2010

A national survey of Americans' global warming beliefs and attitudes. 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 public global warming beliefs, risk perceptions, personal importance, information needs, trust in different information sources, attitudes towards individual action, and how these have changed since January, 2010 and November, 2008. A few highlights and changes since January, 2010:

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Knowledge / Climate Literacy Risk Perceptions Trust
April 26 2010

Race, Ethnicity and Public Responses to Climate Change

In this report we examine public support for climate change and energy policies among different racial and ethnic groups. We find that in many cases, minorities are equally as supportive, and often more supportive of national climate and energy policies, than white Americans.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Consumer Behavior Policy Support Risk Perceptions Trust
March 24 2010

Youth Less Concerned About Global Warming than their Elders?

Youth Less Concerned About Global Warming than their Elders?

Today the Yale Project on Climate Change is releasing a report entitled, “The Climate Change Generation?: Survey Analysis of the Perceptions and Beliefs of Young Americans.” Here is an excerpt from the Executive Summary:  

 

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Risk Perceptions Trust Values & Religion Youth / Families
March 04 2010

The Climate Change Generation?: A Survey Analysis of the Perceptions and Beliefs of Young Americans

The Climate Change Generation?: A Survey Analysis of the Perceptions and Beliefs of Young Americans

American adults under the age of 35 have come of age in the decades since the “discovery” of man-made climate change as a major societal problem. The oldest of this cohort was twelve in 1988, when NASA climate scientist James Hansen testified at a Senate Energy Committee hearing that global temperature rise was underway and that human-produced greenhouse gases were almost certainly responsible.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Risk Perceptions Trust Values & Religion Youth / Families
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