, George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication
A national survey from Yale and George Mason University finds that Americans’ belief in the reality of global warming has increased by 13 percentage points over the past two and a half years.
WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE A LOOK:
- A growing majority of Americans (70%) believe global warming is happening.
- Those who believe global warming is happening are more certain than those who do not (57% say they are “very” or “extremely sure”).
- A new majority (54%) believes global warming is human caused.
- More Americans (44%) believe scientists agree global warming is happening.
- More (42%) are "very worried" about global warming.
- Global warming still seen as a relatively distant threat. (Majorities believe that global warming will harm future generations: 68%, plant and animal species: 68%, people in developing countries: 64%, people in the U.S.: 57%, and people in other industrialized societies: 57%).
- However, Americans increasingly perceive global warming as a growing threat to themselves: 42%, their families: 46%, and their local communities: 48%.
- Fewer Americans (32%) say they could easily change their mind about global warming Fewer Americans (45%) say they need more information about global warming
- Climate scientists are the most trusted source of information (by 76% of Americans).