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May 28 2013

Fracking in the American Mind

Fracking in the American Mind

In our September 2012 Climate Change in the American Mind survey, we asked respondents to answer a series of questions about hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” as the process is commonly known. This issue has proven to be very controversial in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. Proponents and opponents debate potential impacts on the economy, energy supply, public health, the environment, and communities.

This report includes an extensive analysis of the findings from those survey questions.  In “Fracking” in the American Mind: Americans’ Views on Hydraulic Fracturing in September, 2012, we find that, surprisingly, Americans have limited familiarity with this issue, and fewer than half of American adults have developed an opinion in support or in opposition to it. The minority who has formed an opinion are more or less evenly split between supporters and opponents.

 

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Energy Use / Conservation
May 21 2013

Global Warming’s Six Indias

Global Warming’s Six Indias

A new national study in India finds six distinct groups within the Indian public that respond to the issue of climate change in very different ways. These "Six Indias" include:

  • The Informed (19%)
  • The Experienced (24%)
  • The Undecided (15%)
  • The Unconcerned (15%)
  • The Indifferent (11%)
  • The Disengaged (16%)

 

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Citizen Behavior Consumer Behavior Energy Use / Conservation International Surveys Knowledge / Climate Literacy Policy Support Risk Perceptions Six Americas Trust Values & Religion Vulnerability & Resilience
May 09 2013

Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in April 2013

Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in April 2013

Highlights

  • Nearly two in three Americans (63%) believe global warming is happening. Relatively few – only 16 percent – believe it is not. However, since Fall 2012, the percentage of Americans who believe global warming is happening has dropped 7 points to 63%, likely influenced by the relatively cold winter of 2012-13 in the United States and an unusually cold March just before the survey was conducted.
  • Those who believe global warming is happening are more certain of their convictions than those who do not. Of the 63% of Americans who believe global warming is happening, most say they are “very” (33%) or “extremely sure” (27%). By contrast, of the unconvinced, fewer are very (28%) or extremely sure of their view (18%).
  • About half of Americans (49%) believe global warming – if it is happening – is caused mostly by human activities, a decrease of 5 points since Fall 2012, but similar to levels stretching back several years.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Knowledge / Climate Literacy Risk Perceptions
May 01 2013

Extreme Weather and Climate Change in the American Mind April 2013

Extreme Weather and Climate Change in the American Mind April 2013

Highlights:

  • About six in ten Americans (58%) say “global warming is affecting weather in the United States.”
  • Many Americans believe global warming made recent extreme weather and climatic events “more severe,” specifically: 2012 as the warmest year on record in the United States (50%); the ongoing drought in the Midwest and the Great Plains (49%); Superstorm Sandy (46%); and Superstorm Nemo (42%).
  • About two out of three Americans say weather in the U.S. has been worse over the past several years, up 12 percentage points since Spring 2012. By contrast, fewer Americans say weather has been getting better over the past several years – only one in ten (11%), down 16 points compared to a year ago.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Risk Perceptions Vulnerability & Resilience
April 02 2013

A National Survey of Republicans and Republican-­‐Leaning Independents on Energy and Climate Change

A National Survey of Republicans and Republican-­‐Leaning Independents on Energy and Climate Change

Highlights:

  • A majority of respondents (52%) believe climate change is happening, while 26 percent believe it is not, and 22 percent say they “don’t know.”
  • A large majority (77%) says the United States should use more renewable energy sources (solar, wind & geothermal) in the future. Among those who support expanded use of renewable energy, nearly 7 out of 10 think the U.S. should increase the use of renewable energy “immediately”.
  • By a margin of 2 to 1, respondents say America should take action to reduce our fossil fuel use.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Policy Support Politics / Elections
March 31 2013

The wisdom of crowds: Predicting a weather and climate-related event

Environmental uncertainty is at the core of much of human activity, ranging from daily decisions by individuals to long-term policy planning by governments. Yet, there is little quantitative evidence on the ability of non-expert individuals or populations to forecast climate-related events. Here we report on data from a 90-year old prediction game on a climate related event in Alaska: the Nenana Ice Classic (NIC). Participants in this contest...

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Consumer Behavior
March 06 2013

Global Warming’s Six Americas in September 2012

Global Warming’s Six Americas in September 2012

In this update on Global Warming's Six Americas, we report that the Alarmed have grown from 10 percent of the American adult population in 2010 to 16 percent in 2012. At the same time, the Dismissive have decreased in size, from 16 percent in 2010 to 8 percent in 2012.  The report focuses on how the six groups perceive the benefits and costs of reducing fossil fuel use or global warming; their support for different national climate change and energy policies; and their beliefs about who has influence over the decisions that elected officials make.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Six Americas
January 07 2013

Ending the Silence on Climate Change

Remember climate change? Anthony Leiserowitz, Director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, appeared on Moyers & Company to discuss the challenge of getting people to talk about climate change.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Policy Support Politics / Elections
January 01 2013

Video: Doha, Qatar panel on US, India, China Climate Change Communication Research

"Climate Change Public Opinion in the United States, China and India" - Findings presented at the UNFCCC COP 18, December, 2012, Doha Qatar

YPCCC is proud to present this comprehensive video of our panel discussion on international climate change perspectives from December 2012 at UNFCCC COP 18 in Doha, Qatar.  Climate change communication research findings from the US, China, and India were presented by panelists including Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, Wang Binbin and Professor Zheng Baowei of the China Center for Climate Change Communication, and Dr. Jagadish Thaker of the Indian Climate Research Network.

 

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs International Surveys Knowledge / Climate Literacy Outreach Projects
December 17 2012

Willingness to pay and policy-instrument choice for climate change policy in the United States

This paper provides the first willingness-to-pay (WTP) estimates in support of a national climate-change policy that are comparable with the costs of actual legislative efforts in the U.S. Congress. Based on a survey of 2,034 American adults, we find that...

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Consumer Behavior Policy Support
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