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Climate Change in the American Mind: May 2017Author: Published 2017
Polling & Social Science
Findings from the latest survey by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication on Americans’ attitudes on global warming impacts and solutions.
WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE A LOOK:
There continues to be significant public misunderstanding of scientific consensus and these "gateway beliefs" influence important views such as causation and support for action.
- 58% of Americans understand that global warming is mostly human caused, the highest level since our surveys began in November 2008.
- 7 in 10 Americans (70%) think global warming is happening whereas, only about 1 in 8 Americans (13%) think global warming is not happening.
- 57% of Americans say they are at least "somewhat worried" about global warming,
- 1 in 3 Americans (35%) think people in the U.S. are being harmed by global warming “right now.”
- 40% of Americans say they have personally experienced the effects of global warming 60% say they have not.
- 57 % of Americans say they are at least “somewhat worried” about global warming.
Link to survery here.