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American Climate Metrics Survey 2016: Salt Lake City

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We surveyed Utahns to determine their climate beliefs and values - and compared those results to Americans' broader climate values. The results may surprise you!

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American Climate Metrics Survey 2016: Salt Lake City

  1. 1. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City
  2. 2. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 2 Belief in and concern about climate change are strong in Salt Lake City residents.
  3. 3. Salt Lakers believe climate change is happening: American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 3 Salt Lake City 2016 83% 83% United States 2016
  4. 4. Salt Lakers have increasing concern about climate change: American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 4 68%S.L.C. 2016 are concerned about climate change 76% U.S. 2016 66% S.L.C. 2015
  5. 5. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 5 Salt Lake City residents feel climate impacts, but not as many as do Americans nationally.
  6. 6. 71%S.L.C. 2016 notice more severe weather and changing seasonal weather patterns where they live 78% U.S. 2016 American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 6 Salt Lakers notice climate impacts:
  7. 7. Salt Lakers feel personally affected by: American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 7 S.L.C. 2016 (%) U.S. 2016 (%) 26% 42%53% 35% More frequent and severe droughts Record heat waves Availability of clean water More damage and harm from extreme weather Increased flooding 63% 56% 59% 36% 44%67%
  8. 8. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 8 Salt Lake City residents have strong climate values, particularly on moral responsibility and clean water, on par with national sentiment.
  9. 9. Salt Lakers' climate values: American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 9 say clean water is a critical right for all people 90%S.L.C. 2016 90% U.S. 2016 87% U.S. 2016 say we have a moral responsibility to create a safe and healthy climate for ourselves and our children 88%S.L.C. 2016
  10. 10. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 10 Salt Lakers are hopeful we can reduce the pollution that causes climate change, but pessimistic about government's ability to agree on how to do it.
  11. 11. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 11 say we could address climate change effectively, but that our government is broken and can’t agree on how to do it 73%S.L.C. 2016 74% U.S. 2016 69% S.L.C. 2015 are hopeful that we can reduce the pollution that is causing climate change 81%S.L.C. 2016 81% U.S. 2016 76% S.L.C. 2015 Salt Lakers believe we can address climate change:
  12. 12. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 12 Salt Lakers strongly support clean energy and a pollution fee on companies responsible for greenhouse gas emissions.
  13. 13. How much more should the United States be producing energy from each source than it is today? 8891 65 61 4239 3736 S.L.C. 2016 (%) U.S. 2016 (%) 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Wind and Solar Natural gas Oil Coal 30 23 Nuclear American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 13
  14. 14. Which of these energy sources do you think are the lowest cost for consumers? American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 14 51 47 21 16 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Wind and Solar Natural gas S.L.C. 2016 (%) U.S. 2016 (%)
  15. 15. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 15 favor a proposal to reduce climate change pollution by charging large companies a fee for the pollution they create 72%S.L.C. 2016 77% U.S. 2016 73% S.L.C. 2015
  16. 16. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 16 Salt Lakers believe climate solutions will improve their health, at rates higher than the national average.
  17. 17. If the United States took steps to prevent future climate change, it would… American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 17 67 72 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Improve health S.L.C. 2016 (%) U.S. 2016 (%)
  18. 18. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 18 Salt Lakers want their city to prepare and take action for climate change.
  19. 19. Citizens agree: American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 19 74% I want my city to prepare for the impacts of climate change S.L.C. 2016 U.S. 2016 74%
  20. 20. Residents say they want their city to... American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 20 conserve energy 31%S.L.C. 2016 27% U.S. 2016 purchase renewable energy like wind or solar 32%S.L.C. 2016 30% U.S. 2016 educate others in their city or town about climate change 21%S.L.C. 2016 24% U.S. 2016 talk to the public about climate change 18%S.L.C. 2016 20% U.S. 2016 say they want SLC to take all the these actions 37%S.L.C. 2016 29% U.S. 2016
  21. 21. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 21 Salt Lakers, at slightly higher rates than 2015, believe they personally, and we collectively, can and must act on climate today.
  22. 22. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 22 believe we can reduce the pollution that is causing climate change 80%S.L.C. 2016 78% U.S. 2016 76% S.L.C. 2015 believe I can reduce the pollution that is causing climate change 74%S.L.C. 2016 72% U.S. 2016 73% S.L.C. 2015
  23. 23. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 23 agree we need to take action now to reduce the pollution that is causing climate change 81%S.L.C. 2016 80% U.S. 2016 80% S.L.C. 2015 agree I need to take action now to reduce the pollution that is causing climate change 73%S.L.C. 2016 73% U.S. 2016 69% S.L.C. 2015
  24. 24. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 24 Salt Lakers are increasingly aware of their city's efforts to engage citizens on climate. And, an increasing majority of Salt Lakers has discussed climate change, at rates higher than the national average.
  25. 25. Does Salt Lake City engage on climate? American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 25 say the city has a program to increase environmental sustainability 33%S.L.C. 2016 28% U.S. 2016 say the city has a program to engage people and talk about climate change 17%S.L.C. 2016 12% U.S. 2016 say the city has a program to address climate change 17%S.L.C. 2016 12% U.S. 2016
  26. 26. Does Salt Lake City engage on climate? American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 26 is taking action to conserve energy 37%S.L.C. 2016 32% U.S. 2016 say their city is preparing for the impacts of climate change 22%S.L.C. 2016 21% U.S. 2016
  27. 27. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 27 An increasing majority have discussed climate change, at rates higher than the national average.
  28. 28. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 28 Salt Lakers discuss climate change: have discussed climate change with family or friends 73%S.L.C. 2016 discussed climate change at their place of worship 17%S.L.C. 2016 68% U.S. 2016 68% S.L.C. 2015 discussed climate change at work with colleagues 42%S.L.C. 2016 38% U.S. 2016 39% S.L.C. 2015 14% U.S. 2016 14% S.L.C. 2015
  29. 29. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 29 Scientists and health professionals are the most trusted messengers for climate information, higher than national averages or in 2015.
  30. 30. Salt Lakers have recently encountered information about climate change from: American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 30 Local community leaders 18%S.L.C. 2016 14% U.S. 2016 News and media 66%S.L.C. 2016 Friends and family 32%S.L.C. 2016 Health professionals 25%S.L.C. 2016 65% U.S. 2016 27% U.S. 2016 18% U.S. 2016
  31. 31. American Climate Metrics Survey 2016 Salt Lake City | 31 Salt Lakers trust climate change messengers: President Obama 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 7374 Scientists 79 6467 58 41 31 26 55 61 55 Colleges and Universities Media, TV news and internet 38 27 30 Health professionals S.L.C. 2016 (%) U.S. 2016 (%) S.L.C. 2015 (%)
  32. 32. ecoAmerica builds a critical mass of institutional leadership, public support and political will for definitive climate solutions in the United States. Learn more at ecoAmerica.org Thank you!
  33. 33. Learn more at ecoAmerica.org Methodology ecoAmerica and Lake Research Partners (LRP) designed and LRP administered this survey, conducted online September 12-29, 2016. The survey yielded a total of 800 adult responses, and separately, 447 adults in Salt Lake City. The samples were drawn from an online panel, and the respondents were screened to ensure that they were over age 18. Both the national and Salt Lake City samples were weighted slightly by gender, region, age, and race. The margin of error for the sample is +/-3.3%. In interpreting survey results, all sample surverys are subject to possible sampling errors, i.e., the results of a survey may differ from those that would be obtained if the entire population were interviewed. The size of the sampling error depends on both the total number of respondents in the survey and the percentage distribution of responses to a particular question. For example, if 50% of the respondents in a sample of 900 respondents answered “Yes” to a particular question, we can be 95% confident that the true percentage will fall within 3.3. points, or from 46.7% to 53.3%

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