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Americans Favor Energy Conservation Over Production
This is a poll by Gallup that reports that "after dwindling in recent years, American's long-standing preference for emphasizing conservation over production in U.S. energy policy has rebounded." Currently 57% of Americans say that the U.S. should emphasize energy conservation to solve the nation's energy problems.
Engaging Diverse Audiences with Climate Change: Message Strategies for Global Warming's Six Americas
This resource is a chapter from the book "Routeledge Handbook of Environment and Communication." This chapter describes "Global Warming’s Six Americas," six unique audience segments that view and respond to the issue of climate change in distinct ways. It describes the beliefs and characteristics of each group and discusses methods of effectively communicating with them in light of: (1) the pro- or counter-attitudinal nature of messages on the issue for each group; (2) their willingness to exert the cognitive effort necessary to process information on the issue; (3) their propensity for counter-arguing, motivated reasoning and message distortion; and (4) the communication content they say they most desire and, hence, would be most likely to process and accept.
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.
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.
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.
Global Warming Fears Rising poll
According to this poll conducted by Gallup, concern about global warming is rising among U.S. residents but nonetheless remains lower than it was at several other points over the last two decades. A combined 58 percent worry either a “great deal” or a “fair amount,” according to the survey conducted in March.
'Solid majority' of Republicans say U.S. should tackle global warming -- survey
The results of a survey released by George Mason and Yale universities. The survey shows that sixty-two percent of self-identified Republicans and GOP-leaning independents said in a national survey that the United States should or probably should take action to address climate change despite uncertainties.
President Obama Voters Don't Want Keystone
A poll reveals an electorate deeply split on the Keystone XL pipeline, which is wildly popular among Republicans and almost equally unpopular among Democrats. Opposition is especially strong among Obama voters age 18 to 29.
Protecting Renewable Portfolio Standards from Cynical Attacks
According to a poll by Fallon Research, nearly 80 percent of Ohio voters support laws requiring the state to produce a portion of its electricity from clean energy sources like solar and wind.
Survey: Two-thirds of Americans Believe Global Warming is Real
An increasing number of Americans indicate that there is evidence of global warming, with 67 percent now expressing a belief that the planet has warmed over the past four decades, according to a University of Michigan survey.
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.
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