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Recent Findings

If No Deal is Struck, Four-in-Ten Say Let the Sequester Happen
"The public did not expressing a particular sense of urgency over the March 1 sequester deadline. With little more than a week to go, barely a quarter had heard a lot about the scheduled cuts, while about as many had heard nothing at all."
Survey: Latinos Reject Rubio Approach to Climate Change, Clean Energy
About three out of four Latinos believe that climate change is a serious problem and a substantial majority support President Obama using his authority to reduce its main cause: dangerous carbon pollution, according to a national poll of 1,218 registered voters.
Recent Polling on Climate Change
New polling results show an overwhelming majority of American voters view climate change as a real and tangible problem.
NRDC State of the Union Polling Results
NRDC conducted a national survey which revealed the majority of Americans support Presidential action to fight climate change.
American's Actions to Limit Global Warming in September 2012
This report is based on findings from a nationally representative survey - Climate Change in the American Mind - conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication.
Climate Change: Polling Analysis and Talking Points
Numerous polls report a significant rebound in the recognition of global warming by Americans over the last three years, particularly among Republicans and the skeptical.Surveys also reflect growing public support for action by Congress and President to address climate change.
New Poll: Sandy Fuels Widespread Concern on Climate Change
Superstorm Sandy is fueling concerns about climate change and how it’s inflating the costs and risks of extreme weather, according to a new post-election poll from Zogby Analytics. The poll shows key voting groups in the 2012 election – Hispanics, women, young voters – are among those most concerned with confronting climate change now and protecting America's air, water, wildlife and other natural resources.
Voters Strongly Support Accelerated Action on Smart Infrastructure, Clean Energy Investments
On the day that California launched its cap and trade program, a new poll of voters in California, Oregon and Washington shows strong support for maintaining and expanding efforts across the region to account for the costs of climate pollution and invest in clean energy sources by ensuring polluters pay when they contribute to climate change.
Public Support for Climate and Energy Policies in September 2012
This report is based on findings from a nationally representative survey (Climate Change in the American Mind) conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate change Communications.
United Nations Climate Change Secretariat Selects Latest Round of "Lighthouse Activities" Which Combat Climate Change and Help the Urban Poor
As part of its Momentum for Change Initiative, the United Nations Climate Change secretariat has this week begun presenting the latest round of public-private "lighthouse activities" in developing countries which either help to curb greenhouse gas emissions or help people adapt to climate change, while at the same time benefit the urban poor.
Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in September 2012
Americans’ belief in the reality of global warming has increased by 13 percentage points over the past two and a half years, from 57 percent in January 2010 to 70 percent in September 2012. At the same time, the number of Americans who say global warming is not happening has declined nearly by half, from 20 percent in January 2010 to only 12 percent today. For more statistics, click on the link.
Survey: Most Americans Worry About Drought, Want Shift To Cleaner Energy To Avoid Water Shortages, Pollution
Faced with record-breaking 2012 summer heat, 81 percent of Americans are concerned about “increased drought” and other extreme weather conditions, according to a major new ORC International survey conducted for the nonprofit and nonpartisan Civil Society Institute (CSI).
The Political Benefits of Taking a Pro-Climate Stand in 2012
This brief report draws on data from a nationally representative survey conducted in March 2012 and other research to investigate the question: On balance, will candidates for political office benefit or be harmed by talking about and supporting action to reduce global warming?
Nearly 90 Percent of Latino Voters Support Clean Energy
The Sierra Club and NCLR (National Council of La Raza) announced a new national survey today, finding that nearly 90 percent of Latino voters favor clean energy over fossil fuels. The national poll surveyed 1,131 Latino registered voters across the country on a number of public health, environmental and energy issues, and found overwhelming support for clean energy innovation, protecting public lands and parks and cleaning up toxic pollution.
Global Warming’s Six Americas in March 2012 and November 2011
This report extends and updates an ongoing program of research analyzing Americans' interpretations of and responses to climate change. The research segments the American public into six audiences that range among a spectrum of concern and issue engagement.
Washington Post‐Stanford University Poll: Temperatures Climbing, Weather More Unstable
Most Americans say they believe temperatures around the world are going up and that weather patterns have become more unstable in the past few years, according to a new poll from The Washington Post and Stanford University.
Americans’ Actions to Conserve Energy, Reduce Waste, and Limit Global Warming March 2012
This is a nationally representative story designed to assess public climate change understanding, risk perceptions, policy support, and climate and energy-related behaviors. This report describes Americans' actions to conserve energy, reduce waste, and limit global warming drawing on this and prior surveys.
Conservation Poll from The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy released a bipartisan national poll showing that the conservation of our nation's land and water is widely supported by American's across the political spectrum.
Review of Polling Data on Clean Air
More than 20 polls conducted across the country, including the industrial strongholds of Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, demonstrate that voters want politicians to protect the public health safeguards in the Clean Air Act and make sure that companies that pollute the air and water are held accountable for the harm they cause.
Most say environment is worse than 10 years ago
On the eve of a major gathering to discuss the state of the planet, a Washington Post poll shows that most Americans think the world’s natural environment has deteriorated over the past decade, and more than six in 10 say humans are making the problem worse.
Republicans, Democrats at Odds on Energy Issues
A survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that the polarized positions on energy that have divided Congress and emerged in the presidential campaign also run deep among the public.
Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in March 2012
In this election year, we find that approximately half of Americans (47%) trust President Obama as a source of information about global warming. By contrast, only 21 percent of Americans trust Mitt Romney on this issue.
Opinion Poll: Colorado Small Business Owners Believe Protecting Public Lands is Good for Business and Support ‘All-of-the-Above’ Energy Policy
Small business owners in Colorado believe protecting their region’s natural assets is one way we can enhance the financial success of small businesses and local economies. Furthermore, a sizable majority of them find the president’s ‘all-of-theabove’ energy development strategy appealing but would be even more supportive if it ensures protection of those public lands.
Public Support for Climate & Energy Policies in March 2012
Overall, majorities of Americans say that global warming and clean energy should be among the nation's priorities, want more action by elected officials, corporations and citizens themselves, and support a variety of climate change and energy policies, including holding fossil fuel companies responsible for all the "hidden costs" of their products.
Public Support for Climate & Energy Policies in March 2012
Results from a national survey show strong support — 79 percent — for more research into renewable energy sources. Even if it cost the average household $100 extra a year, 63 percent of respondents said they support requiring utilities to produce at least 20 percent of their electricity from wind, solar or other renewable energy sources.
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