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January 16 2014

Climate Change in the American Mind: Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in November 2013

Climate Change in the American Mind: Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in November 2013

The most recent national Climate Change in the American Mind survey found that 1 in 4 Americans think that global warming is not happening, and half say they are "worried" about it. 

Other highlights include:

  • There has been an increase in the proportion of Americans who believe global warming is not happening (23%, up 7 percentage points since April 2013). But about two in three Americans (63%) believe global warming is happening, a number that has been consistent since spring 2013.
  • The proportion of Americans who say they “don’t know” whether or not global warming is happening has dropped 6 points – from 20% to 14% – since spring of 2013.
  • About half of Americans (51%) say they are “somewhat” (38%) or “very worried” (15%) about global warming.
  • Fewer than half of Americans (38%) believe they personally will be harmed a “moderate amount” or a “great deal” by global warming.
  • By contrast, majorities believe that global warming will harm future generations of people (65%) and plant and animal species (65%).
  • About four in 10 say they feel “helpless” (43%), “disgusted” (42%), or “sad” (40%) when thinking about global warming.
  • By contrast, four in ten (42%), say they feel “hopeful” about the subject.

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Emotion / Affect / Imagery Knowledge / Climate Literacy Risk Perceptions Six Americas
October 02 2013

Discussing Climate Change in the American Mind at the Architecture League of NY

On October 2, 2013, YPCCC Director Anthony Leiserowitz sat down with Dale Jamieson, Kate Orff, and Paul Lewis for a panel on "Climate Change and the American Mind" as a part of the Architecture League of New York's "The 5000 Pound Life" event.

 

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Emotion / Affect / Imagery Knowledge / Climate Literacy Outreach Projects Risk Perceptions Six Americas
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
August 01 2012

A public health frame arouses hopeful emotions about climate change

Communication researchers and practitioners have suggested that framing climate change in terms of public health and/or national security may make climate change more personally relevant and emotionally engaging to segments of the public who are...

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Emotion / Affect / Imagery Health Risk Communication Six Americas
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
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 02 2009

Global Warming’s Six Americas (ABC News) Part 1

 

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Emotion / Affect / Imagery Six Americas
October 02 2009

How People Respond to Global Warming (ABC News) Part 2

 

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Emotion / Affect / Imagery Risk Perceptions
October 31 2006

Communication and mental processes: Experiential and analytic processing of uncertain climate information

People process uncertainty information in two qualitatively different systems. Most climate forecast communications assume people process information analytically. Yet people also rely heavily on an experiential processing system. Better understanding of...

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Topics: Attitudes & Beliefs Emotion / Affect / Imagery Knowledge / Climate Literacy
January 01 2006

Climate change risk perception and policy preferences: The role of affect, imagery, and values

A national, representative survey of the U.S. public found that Americans have moderate climate change risk perceptions, strongly support a variety of national and international policies to mitigate climate change, and strongly oppose several carbon...

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Topics: Emotion / Affect / Imagery Policy Support Risk Perceptions Values & Religion
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