Americans Are Confused On Climate, But Support Cutting Carbon Pollution

Posted by Talyn Brown-Wolf, March 10, 2017

 

The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication published the findings of its 2016 survey on American public opinion about climate change. The results are interesting – in some ways confusing – and yet they reveal surprisingly broad support for action to address climate change. The Yale team created a tool with which the results can be broken down by state, congressional district, or county to drill down into the geographic differences in Americans’ climate beliefs… The first survey questions asked about participants’ beliefs about whether climate change is happening, what’s causing it, what scientists think, and whether they trust climate scientists. Overall, 70% of Americans realize that global warming is happening, while just 12% said it’s not. A majority of Americans in every state answered the question correctly, ranging from 60% in West Virginia to 77% in New York and 84% in Washington DC. Drilling down to a more local level, majorities in every congressional district and nearly every county in America were aware of the reality of global warming.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/mar/06/americans-are-confused-on-climate-but-support-cutting-carbon-pollution?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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