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Gallup Polls on American Perspectives of Climate Change
This webpage contains a series of surveys by Gallup concerning American's perceptions and knowledge (or lack thereof) of climate change.
Climate Change and Clean Energy: A Survey of US Public Attitudes (Presentation)
A recent poll by Resources for the Future (RFF), Stanford University, and USA Today revealed American’s attitudes on climate change and issues such as clean energy, power plant emissions, and energy subsidies, to name a few. On March 11, 2014, RFF presented results from the survey and provide an in-depth discussion on what this could mean for climate policy in the United States. This event offered information on American’s views as a whole and also explained how these issues are viewed on a state-by-state basis.
Surveying American Attitudes toward Climate Change and Clean Energy
Resources for the Future (RFF) has teamed up with Stanford University and USA Today to conduct an in-depth survey of American perceptions of climate change and energy policies. Completed in December 2013, the poll asked respondents a range of questions, including the following: 1) Is climate change happening? 2) Are humans causing climate change? 3)What should the federal government do about it?
New Poll Shows Michigan Small Businesses Hit Hard by Extreme Weather, Nearly 1 in 5 Have Laid Off Workers
A scientific opinion poll released by Small Business Majority shows that Michigan small employers have experienced a significant financial impact due to extreme weather, with more than four in 10 temporarily shutting their doors and nearly 1 in 5 having to lay off workers.
Poll Shows Michiganders Overwhelmingly Want More Clean Energy
A new poll conducted by EPIC-MRA found that there is strong, continuing support from Michiganders for increasing the state’s clean energy use and moving away from our dependence on coal.
Sierra Club National Survey on Coal, Climate, and Carbon Pollution
 
Public Support for Climate and Energy Policies in November 2013
This report by George Mason University, Center for Climate Change Communication, summarizes polling of public support for climate and energy policies in the United States. Findings include that most Americans (83%) say the U.S. should make an effort to reduce global warming, even if it has economic costs.
Survey Analysis Contradicts Common Climate Perceptions
It’s easy to assume people in “red” and “blue” states have very different ideologies regarding climate change. However, an analysis of surveys measuring Americans’ opinions about global warming-related issues, by Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, tells a different story. Findings include that the majority of people in every state polled wants limits on greenhouse gas emissions, and believes that the U.S. should take action on global warming, according to data from 21 surveys.
Stanford University Public Opinion Surveys on Global Warming (2013): Should Government Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Power Plants?
This resource visually reveals results of a public opinion survey conducted by Standford University on whether the government should act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants by imposing regulations or offering tax breaks. Results are revealed in percentages of Americans who agree that the government should act, with data represented on a state-by-state basis. Numbers range from a high of 90% agreeing in New Hampshire to a low of 62% agreeing in Utah.
Americans in Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana and New Hampshire Back New Limits on Power Plant Carbon Pollution
According to a poll commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council, most Americans in four key senators’ states support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s mission to protect health and the environment, and want the agency to limit dangerous carbon pollution from power plants.
Climate Change in the American Mind: Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in November 2013
This report is based on findings from a nationally representative survey conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. Interview dates: November 23-December 9,2013. The research was funded by the Energy Foundation, the 11th Hour Project, the Grantham Foundation, and the V.K. Rasmussen Foundation.
Voters' Attitudes About EPA Carbon Pollution Standards
On behalf of the League of Conservation Voters, Hart Research Associates conducted quantitative research on public opinion about new EPA regulations on power plant carbon pollution and its impact on 2014 swing Senate races. This memo reviews the survey’s key findings.
Poll of Americans' Views about EPA during Government Shutdown
The polling data here shows key findings from polls of Americans' views about the work of the US Environmental Protection Agency, which was largely suspended by the government shutdown. Those polled represent a few key districts in the US.
Climate Change in the Texan Mind
This report from the Yale Project on Climate Change and Communication, includes findings about Texans’ climate change beliefs and attitudes, observations of climate impacts and extreme weather, support for climate and energy policies, personal actions to limit global warming, and communication about the issue.
Climate Change in the Ohioan Mind
The Yale Project on Climate Change and Communication, polling data includes findings about Ohioans’ climate change beliefs and attitudes, observations of climate impacts and extreme weather, support for climate and energy policies, personal actions to limit global warming, and communication about the issue.
Recent Polling on Youth Voters
A recent poll by the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) shows that young voters of both parties want to see action on climate change and are willing to take steps to address climate change.
Opinion Poll Finds Entrepreneurs Believe Climate Change, Extreme Weather can Disrupt Economy, Hurt Small Businesses
A poll done by the Small Business Majority has found that 6 in 10 small business owners believe that climate change and extreme weather events are a serious problem that harm the economy (includes link to full report).
The Politicization of Climate Change and Polarization in the American Public's Views on Global Warming, 2001-2010
This article examines political polarization over climate change within the American public by analyzing data from 10 nationally representative Gallup Polls between 2001 and 2010
Opinion Poll Shows Maine and New Hampshire Small Businesses Support Clean Energy Standards and Want Congressional Action on EPA Nominee
This press release announces the results of an opinion poll showing that Maine and New Hampshire entrepreneurs support the Environmental Protection Agency regulating carbon pollution and support the president’s nominee to head the agency, Gina McCarthy
"Fracking" in the American Mind: Americans' Views on Hydraulic Fracturing in September, 2012
This report analyzes the findings of a Sept. 2012 survey of American's on their views and opinions regarding the natural gas extraction technique known as hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking.' The report finds that many American's are unfamiliar with the practice and there are mixed opinions regarding it
Public Support for Climate and Energy Policies in April 2013
This report details the results of a survey conducted in April 2013 regarding public opinion on support for climate change and energy polices
Americans' Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in April 2013
This report details the results of a survey conducted in April 2013 regarding public opinion on the reality of climate change and global warming
Small Businesses Support Clean Energy Standards and Want Congressional Action on EPA Nominee
This poll conducted by Small Business Majority shows that small business owners support government incentives to help businesses become more energy efficient and utilize clean energy sources. In addition, small business owners support the EPA's authority to enforce clean air laws and they support the nomination of Gina McCarthy to head the agency.
Extreme Weather and Climate Change in the American Mind: April 2013
This report details the results of a survey conducted in April 2013 regarding public opinion on the impacts that climate change is having on weather patterns
Polling the American Public on Climate Change
This fact sheet provides information on climate change polling in the United States over the last year from a variety of sources. 20 different polls are cited.
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