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November 02 2011

Climate on cable: The nature and impact of global warming coverage on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC

This study examines climate change coverage on the three major cable news channels and assesses the relationship between viewership of these channels and beliefs about global warming. Evidence from a content analysis of climate change coverage on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC during 2007 and 2008 demonstrates that Fox takes a more dismissive tone toward climate change than CNN and MSNBC. Fox also interviews a greater ratio of climate change doubters to believers.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Media Trust
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
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
May 04 2011

The science of satire: The Daily Show and The Colbert Report as sources of public attention to science and the environment

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report have attracted much interest in recent years from popular audiences as well as scholars in various disciplines. Both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have been named on Time magazine's list of the...

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Topics: Emotion / Affect / Imagery Media Trust
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
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
July 02 2010

Climategate, Public Opinion, and the Loss of Trust

A working paper that examines the impact of Climategate on public perceptions of climate change and climate scientists, drawing on a national survey conducted in December 2009 and January, 2010.  In brief, we found that Climategate had a...

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Media 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
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