Yale Project on Climate Change Communication: Most Americans Support Action on Global Warming.

A national survey conducted in the final months of 2013 finds that most Americans support national action on global warming:

“Global warming may not be at the very top of public priorities, but it is certainly on the national agenda,” said lead researcher Anthony Leiserowitz, PhD, of Yale University, “Large majorities of Americans support action, including policies currently under consideration, like the regulation of carbon dioxide as a pollutant.”

The survey also found that majorities of both Democrats and Republicans support several climate and energy policies. For example:

Similarly, fewer than half of Democrats and Republicans support eliminating federal subsidies for the renewable energy industry.

“Much of our national dialogue about climate and energy policy focuses on divisions between the political parties,” said lead researcher Edward Maibach, PhD, of George Mason University. “Our findings show that while there are important policy differences between Democrats and Republicans, there is also some common ground on which the nation could build an effective response to climate change.”

These findings come 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. Interview dates: November 23-December 9, 2013. Interviews: 830 Adults (18+).

Total average margin of error: +/- 3 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. The 11th Hour Project, the Grantham Foundation, and the V.K. Rasmussen Foundation funded the research. (2/13/2014)

 

Yale Project on Climate Change Communication

George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication

Public Support for Climate and Energy Policies in November 2013

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