SlideShare a Scribd company logo
1 of 19
Download to read offline
American Climate Perspectives:
2018 Mid-Year Summary
ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 2
ecoAmerica
Suggested Citation: Fery, P., Kobayashi, N., & Speiser, M. (2018). American Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary. ecoAmerica.
Washington, D.C.
© 2018 ecoAmerica. The contents of this report may be shared and used under a Creative Commons Attribution Non
Commercial NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
We build a critical mass of institutional leadership,
public support, and political will for climate solutions
in the United States.
•  Visible Institutional Leadership
•  Climate Literate Leaders + Staff
•  Engaged Communities
•  Build Collective Action
Methodology: This report is based on a meta
analysis and synthesis of polls on American climate
attitudes, opinions, and values.
ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 3
AWARENESS: Americans are noticing a variety of climate impacts, all at steadily increasing rates
over the past three years
Saint Leo University (2015-2018), Yale/George Mason (2018)
Note: no data available for increased flooding in 2015 and severe weather
11%
16% 17%
60%
24%
22%
24%
26%
61%
45%
30%
32% 32%
45%
57%
59%
48%
64%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
2015 2016 2017 2018 2018
(Yale/George Mason)
% of Americans that have noticed…
Increased flooding
Increased drought
conditions
Unusually severe weather/
storms
Warmer temperatures
ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 4
AWARENESS: Americans also report they are being personally impacted by climate, with notable
increases in feeling impacted generally and by flooding
31%
36%
44%
41%
37%
42%
44%
48%
56%
48%
59%
67%
59%
68%
53%
51%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
2015 2016 2017 2018
% of Americans personally impacted by…
The effects of global warming
Increased flooding
More frequent droughts
Heat waves
More severe weather
ecoAmerica (2015-2017)
Yale & George Mason (2015-2018): “The effects of global warming”
ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 5
UNDERSTANDING: A growing number of Americans believe that human activity is mainly or
partially contributing to climate change
22%
26% 27%
16% 16%
22% 23%
45% 44%
53%53%
55%
58% 58%
55%
65%
68%
64%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
2015 2016 2017 2018
% of Americans that believe…
Climate change is happening mainly
due to human activities (ecoAmerica)
Global climate change is caused
entirely by human activity (Saint Leo
University)
The Earth is warming mostly because
of human activity (Pew)
Global warming is caused mostly by
human activities (Yale & George
Mason)
Global warming is caused by human
activities (Gallup)
ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 6
UNDERSTANDING: Americans are beginning to make the connection between extreme weather
and climate change
36%
49%
28%
25%
55%
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80%
Global warming is a major cause of
the increase in the number and
strength of hurricanes in recent years
The recent hurricanes are most likely
the result of global climate change
Global warming made hurricanes
Harvey, Irma and Maria a lot worse
% of Americans that believe...
Yale & George
Mason (2017)
CNN (2017)
CNN (2005)
WP-ABC (2017)
WP-ABC (2005)
ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 7
CONCERN: Personal climate concern remains high—or hitting a high—in America
74%67%
66%
76%
62%
49%
58%
62%
35%
24%
40%
26%
41%
25%
30%
37%
43%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
1989 1991 1999 2001 2003 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016 2018
% of Americans personally concerned about climate change or global warming
Saint Leo University
ecoAmerica
Quinnipiac University
Yale & George Mason
Gallup
ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 8
CONCERN: However, in the past year there has been a drop in American concern about
environmental quality and belief we have a responsibility to do something
87%
83%
53%
59%
48%
60%
63%
59%
35%
43%
34%
31%
47%
42%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
90%
100%
2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016 2018
% of Americans that say…
We have a moral responsibility to
create a safe and healthy climate for
ourselves and our children
(ecoAmerica)
I am concerned a great deal about
pollution of drinking water (Gallup)
I am worried a great deal about the
quality of the environment (Gallup)
ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 9
61%
71%
58%
70%
47%
55%
36%
57%
28%
19%
32%
23%
36%
54%
35%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
1984 1995 1999 2002 2006 2010 2013 2017
% of Americans the prioritize protecting the environment over economic growth
Protection of the
environment
Economic growth
PRIORITY: A growing number of Americans give greater priority to environmental protections
than economic growth
Gallup (1984-2018)
ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 10
URGENCY: A majority of Americans feel personal and collective urgency and ability to reduce the
pollution that is causing damage to our climate
68%
80%
70%
79%
73%
80%
72%
78%
70%
77%
68%
76%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
90%
100%
% of Americans that believe…
ecoAmerica (2015) ecoAmerica (2016) ecoAmerica (2017)
I need to take action now to
reduce pollution that is causing
climate change
We need to take action now to
reduce pollution that is causing
climate change
I can help reduce the pollution
that is causing climate change
We can help reduce the pollution
that is causing climate change
ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 11
SOLUTIONS: Americans favor clean energy by a high majority over other sources
87%
63%
47%
43%
37%
88%
61%
42%
37%
30%
34%
89%
83%
42%
45% 43% 42% 41%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
90%
100%
Wind and
solar
Solar Wind Natural Gas Oil Offshore
drilling
Nuclear Fracking Coal
% of Americans that support or believe we should produce more…
ecoAmerica (2017) ecoAmerica (2016) University of Michigan (2018) Pew (2017)
ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 12
BENEFITS: Significantly more Americans say climate solutions would help the economy, and
environmental protections are critical, no matter what
14%
17%
32%
33%
37%
Unsure
Should not be pursued if they
negatively impact the economy
Create new economic opportunities
Are important even when they
negatively impact the economy
Are critical, no matter what
0% 5% 10%15%20%25%30%35%40%
% of Americans that agree environmental
protections…
64%
16%
12%
8%
% of Americans that agree…
Addressing climate change would help the economy
Addressing climate change would hurt the economy
Make no difference
Not sure ecoAmerica (2017)Saint Leo University (2018)
ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 13
BEHAVIORS: Americans are talking about climate change at their place and worship and
purchasing clean energy at increasing rates over prior years
64%
69%
35%
41%
15%
24%
13%
22%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
2015 2016 2017
% of Americans that have…
Discussed climate change with family or
friends
Discussed climate change at work with
colleagues
Discussed climate change at their place of
worship
Purchased wind or solar for their home
ecoAmerica (2015-2017)
ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 14
BEHAVIORS: More Americans are speaking publicly on climate, and over one-third are making
climate a voting issue
26%
7%
34%
8%
35%
16%
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
25%
30%
35%
40%
45%
50%
Contacted or voted for an elected official based on their support
for taking action on climate change
Spoke at a public gathering about the importance of doing
something about climate change
% of Americans that have…
ecoAmerica (2015) ecoAmerica (2016) ecoAmerica (2017)
Note: 2015-2016 data for “Contacted or voted for…” was based on a different
question asking only “Have you voted for a candidate…”
ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 15
ROLE OF GOVERNMENT: A majority of Americans believe government and communities need
to prepare for climate change
48%
57% 59%
62%
70%
83%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
90%
100%
2015 2016 2017 2018
% of Americans that believe…
Government is doing too little in
terms of protecting the environment
(Gallup)
Government needs to protect all
people from the impacts of extreme
weather (ecoAmerica)
Communities need to prepare for
floods and droughts and minimize
their impact (ecoAmerica)
Note: Both “Government needs..” and “Believe government is…” were first
asked in 2017
ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 16
ROLE OF GOVERNMENT: Americans say the federal government has the responsibility to act,
but the private sector is most likely to do so
28%
17%
13%
42%
52%
41%
34%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
Federal government State government Local government Private sector
% of Americans that say
______ has a
great deal of responsibility to
act to
reduce global warming
(University of Michigan 2018)
% of Americans that say
______ is most likely to
advance climate solutions
(ecoAmerica 2017)
ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 17
FEDERAL ACTIONS: Majorities of Americans oppose Trump Administration efforts to rollback
environmental progress
67%
66%
65%
59%
59%
55%
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80%
Eliminate energy efficiency programs
Reduce funding for research and development of renewable
technology
Reduce funding for NOAA
Reduce funding for the EPA
Reduce funding to research solutions that address climate
change
Expand leasing of oceans and public lands
% of Americans that oppose President Trump’s efforts to…
American Viewpoint & NRDC (2017)
ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 18
POLITICS: Political parties find common ground on clean energy, grid modernization, and carbon
tax
81% 83%
87%
75%
87% 85%
81% 79%
86%
89%
83%
89%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
90%
100%
A proposal to reduce climate change pollution
by charging corporate polluters a fee for
pollution they create
A proposal to reduce climate change pollution
by modernizing America's electric grid
The U.S. producing more from wind and solar
than it is today
% of Americans that favor…
National Republicans Independents Democrats
ecoAmerica (2017)
Thank you!
ecoAmerica builds institutional leadership, public support, and political will for
climate solutions in the United States.
Learn more at ecoAmerica.org

More Related Content

What's hot

American Climate Metrics Survey 2018: New York City
American Climate Metrics Survey 2018: New York CityAmerican Climate Metrics Survey 2018: New York City
American Climate Metrics Survey 2018: New York CityecoAmerica
 
American Climate Metrics Survey 2016: Chicago
American Climate Metrics Survey 2016: ChicagoAmerican Climate Metrics Survey 2016: Chicago
American Climate Metrics Survey 2016: ChicagoecoAmerica
 
American Climate Metrics 2016 - LA
American Climate Metrics 2016 - LAAmerican Climate Metrics 2016 - LA
American Climate Metrics 2016 - LAecoAmerica
 
American Climate Metrics Survey 2016: Salt Lake City
American Climate Metrics Survey 2016: Salt Lake CityAmerican Climate Metrics Survey 2016: Salt Lake City
American Climate Metrics Survey 2016: Salt Lake CityecoAmerica
 
Report - The Lost Green Conservative Voter
Report - The Lost Green Conservative VoterReport - The Lost Green Conservative Voter
Report - The Lost Green Conservative VoterTom (Tomer) Chervinsky
 
Webinar: Numbers matter – Coronavirus in the UK and US - Presentation slides
Webinar: Numbers matter – Coronavirus in the UK and US - Presentation slides Webinar: Numbers matter – Coronavirus in the UK and US - Presentation slides
Webinar: Numbers matter – Coronavirus in the UK and US - Presentation slides ILC- UK
 
Webinar: Canary in the coal mine – Presentation slides
Webinar: Canary in the coal mine – Presentation slidesWebinar: Canary in the coal mine – Presentation slides
Webinar: Canary in the coal mine – Presentation slidesILC- UK
 
Pew Research Center 2015 Climate Change Presentation
Pew Research Center 2015 Climate Change PresentationPew Research Center 2015 Climate Change Presentation
Pew Research Center 2015 Climate Change PresentationPew Research Center
 
Sustainability - What it Means to Our Company and How it Could Impact You
Sustainability - What it Means to Our Company and How it Could Impact YouSustainability - What it Means to Our Company and How it Could Impact You
Sustainability - What it Means to Our Company and How it Could Impact YouNational Pork Board
 
Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey: Party Strength Matchups (09/25/2019)
Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey: Party Strength Matchups (09/25/2019)Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey: Party Strength Matchups (09/25/2019)
Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey: Party Strength Matchups (09/25/2019)Ipsos Public Affairs
 
Ipsos Global Views on the Environment 2018
Ipsos Global Views on the Environment 2018Ipsos Global Views on the Environment 2018
Ipsos Global Views on the Environment 2018Robert Grimm Ph.D
 
Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey: Presidential Approval Tracker (06/26/2019)
Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey: Presidential Approval Tracker (06/26/2019)Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey: Presidential Approval Tracker (06/26/2019)
Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey: Presidential Approval Tracker (06/26/2019)Ipsos Public Affairs
 

What's hot (15)

American Climate Metrics Survey 2018: New York City
American Climate Metrics Survey 2018: New York CityAmerican Climate Metrics Survey 2018: New York City
American Climate Metrics Survey 2018: New York City
 
American Climate Metrics Survey 2016: Chicago
American Climate Metrics Survey 2016: ChicagoAmerican Climate Metrics Survey 2016: Chicago
American Climate Metrics Survey 2016: Chicago
 
American Climate Metrics 2016 - LA
American Climate Metrics 2016 - LAAmerican Climate Metrics 2016 - LA
American Climate Metrics 2016 - LA
 
American Climate Metrics Survey 2016: Salt Lake City
American Climate Metrics Survey 2016: Salt Lake CityAmerican Climate Metrics Survey 2016: Salt Lake City
American Climate Metrics Survey 2016: Salt Lake City
 
Climate of the Nation 2015
Climate of the Nation 2015Climate of the Nation 2015
Climate of the Nation 2015
 
Climate of the Nation 2016
Climate of the Nation 2016Climate of the Nation 2016
Climate of the Nation 2016
 
Climate of the Nation 2014
Climate of the Nation 2014Climate of the Nation 2014
Climate of the Nation 2014
 
Report - The Lost Green Conservative Voter
Report - The Lost Green Conservative VoterReport - The Lost Green Conservative Voter
Report - The Lost Green Conservative Voter
 
Webinar: Numbers matter – Coronavirus in the UK and US - Presentation slides
Webinar: Numbers matter – Coronavirus in the UK and US - Presentation slides Webinar: Numbers matter – Coronavirus in the UK and US - Presentation slides
Webinar: Numbers matter – Coronavirus in the UK and US - Presentation slides
 
Webinar: Canary in the coal mine – Presentation slides
Webinar: Canary in the coal mine – Presentation slidesWebinar: Canary in the coal mine – Presentation slides
Webinar: Canary in the coal mine – Presentation slides
 
Pew Research Center 2015 Climate Change Presentation
Pew Research Center 2015 Climate Change PresentationPew Research Center 2015 Climate Change Presentation
Pew Research Center 2015 Climate Change Presentation
 
Sustainability - What it Means to Our Company and How it Could Impact You
Sustainability - What it Means to Our Company and How it Could Impact YouSustainability - What it Means to Our Company and How it Could Impact You
Sustainability - What it Means to Our Company and How it Could Impact You
 
Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey: Party Strength Matchups (09/25/2019)
Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey: Party Strength Matchups (09/25/2019)Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey: Party Strength Matchups (09/25/2019)
Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey: Party Strength Matchups (09/25/2019)
 
Ipsos Global Views on the Environment 2018
Ipsos Global Views on the Environment 2018Ipsos Global Views on the Environment 2018
Ipsos Global Views on the Environment 2018
 
Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey: Presidential Approval Tracker (06/26/2019)
Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey: Presidential Approval Tracker (06/26/2019)Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey: Presidential Approval Tracker (06/26/2019)
Reuters/Ipsos Core Political Survey: Presidential Approval Tracker (06/26/2019)
 

Similar to ecoAmerica 2018 American Climate Perspectives Mid-Year Summary

Sustainability - Draft
Sustainability - DraftSustainability - Draft
Sustainability - Draftemallen4
 
Ipsos - Earth Day 2020
Ipsos - Earth Day 2020Ipsos - Earth Day 2020
Ipsos - Earth Day 2020Poppy Rodham
 
IKEA Climate Action Report 20180906 (002).pdf
IKEA Climate Action Report 20180906 (002).pdfIKEA Climate Action Report 20180906 (002).pdf
IKEA Climate Action Report 20180906 (002).pdfHarshSrivastava861036
 
Global warmingeliteinlatinamericac parker
Global warmingeliteinlatinamericac parkerGlobal warmingeliteinlatinamericac parker
Global warmingeliteinlatinamericac parkerCristian Parker G
 
eA_American_Climate_Values_2014_Insights_by_Racial_Ethnic_Groups
eA_American_Climate_Values_2014_Insights_by_Racial_Ethnic_GroupseA_American_Climate_Values_2014_Insights_by_Racial_Ethnic_Groups
eA_American_Climate_Values_2014_Insights_by_Racial_Ethnic_GroupsKirra Krygsman
 
How to Talk About Climate Change
How to Talk About Climate ChangeHow to Talk About Climate Change
How to Talk About Climate ChangeJobPoster
 
eA_American_Climate_Values_2014_Psychographic_and_Demographic_Insights
eA_American_Climate_Values_2014_Psychographic_and_Demographic_InsightseA_American_Climate_Values_2014_Psychographic_and_Demographic_Insights
eA_American_Climate_Values_2014_Psychographic_and_Demographic_InsightsKirra Krygsman
 
IJC Great Lakes Water Quality Board's Second Binational Great Lakes Basin Poll
IJC Great Lakes Water Quality Board's Second Binational Great Lakes Basin PollIJC Great Lakes Water Quality Board's Second Binational Great Lakes Basin Poll
IJC Great Lakes Water Quality Board's Second Binational Great Lakes Basin PollLOWaterkeeper
 
The Rise of Green Initiatives in Developed Nations
The Rise of Green Initiatives in Developed NationsThe Rise of Green Initiatives in Developed Nations
The Rise of Green Initiatives in Developed NationsMira McKee
 
TennisonJ_Interdisciplinary Research Paper_Climate Change 13 Mar 16 (Autosaved)
TennisonJ_Interdisciplinary Research Paper_Climate Change 13 Mar 16 (Autosaved)TennisonJ_Interdisciplinary Research Paper_Climate Change 13 Mar 16 (Autosaved)
TennisonJ_Interdisciplinary Research Paper_Climate Change 13 Mar 16 (Autosaved)Jonathan Tennison
 
Golin: Justice for All Survey
Golin: Justice for All Survey Golin: Justice for All Survey
Golin: Justice for All Survey Golin
 
Building Hope in an Era of Melting Glaciers
Building Hope in an Era of Melting GlaciersBuilding Hope in an Era of Melting Glaciers
Building Hope in an Era of Melting GlaciersSustainable Brands
 
Global advisor earth day
Global advisor earth dayGlobal advisor earth day
Global advisor earth dayIpsos France
 
Climate Change in the American Mind: Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and A...
Climate Change in the American Mind:  Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and A...Climate Change in the American Mind:  Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and A...
Climate Change in the American Mind: Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and A...Jesse Budlong
 
The Global Commons Survey
The Global Commons SurveyThe Global Commons Survey
The Global Commons SurveyOwen Gaffney
 

Similar to ecoAmerica 2018 American Climate Perspectives Mid-Year Summary (20)

Sustainability - Draft
Sustainability - DraftSustainability - Draft
Sustainability - Draft
 
Ipsos - Earth Day 2020
Ipsos - Earth Day 2020Ipsos - Earth Day 2020
Ipsos - Earth Day 2020
 
IKEA Climate Action Report 20180906 (002).pdf
IKEA Climate Action Report 20180906 (002).pdfIKEA Climate Action Report 20180906 (002).pdf
IKEA Climate Action Report 20180906 (002).pdf
 
Global warmingeliteinlatinamericac parker
Global warmingeliteinlatinamericac parkerGlobal warmingeliteinlatinamericac parker
Global warmingeliteinlatinamericac parker
 
eA_American_Climate_Values_2014_Insights_by_Racial_Ethnic_Groups
eA_American_Climate_Values_2014_Insights_by_Racial_Ethnic_GroupseA_American_Climate_Values_2014_Insights_by_Racial_Ethnic_Groups
eA_American_Climate_Values_2014_Insights_by_Racial_Ethnic_Groups
 
What Worries the US (July 2018)
What Worries the US (July 2018)What Worries the US (July 2018)
What Worries the US (July 2018)
 
How to Talk About Climate Change
How to Talk About Climate ChangeHow to Talk About Climate Change
How to Talk About Climate Change
 
eA_American_Climate_Values_2014_Psychographic_and_Demographic_Insights
eA_American_Climate_Values_2014_Psychographic_and_Demographic_InsightseA_American_Climate_Values_2014_Psychographic_and_Demographic_Insights
eA_American_Climate_Values_2014_Psychographic_and_Demographic_Insights
 
Workshop 1 - Melissa Widhalm
Workshop 1 - Melissa WidhalmWorkshop 1 - Melissa Widhalm
Workshop 1 - Melissa Widhalm
 
IJC Great Lakes Water Quality Board's Second Binational Great Lakes Basin Poll
IJC Great Lakes Water Quality Board's Second Binational Great Lakes Basin PollIJC Great Lakes Water Quality Board's Second Binational Great Lakes Basin Poll
IJC Great Lakes Water Quality Board's Second Binational Great Lakes Basin Poll
 
Climate of the Nation 2013
Climate of the Nation 2013Climate of the Nation 2013
Climate of the Nation 2013
 
The Rise of Green Initiatives in Developed Nations
The Rise of Green Initiatives in Developed NationsThe Rise of Green Initiatives in Developed Nations
The Rise of Green Initiatives in Developed Nations
 
Mega-Trends Impacting Food Security and Nutrition: A Global Experience
Mega-Trends Impacting Food Security and Nutrition: A Global ExperienceMega-Trends Impacting Food Security and Nutrition: A Global Experience
Mega-Trends Impacting Food Security and Nutrition: A Global Experience
 
TennisonJ_Interdisciplinary Research Paper_Climate Change 13 Mar 16 (Autosaved)
TennisonJ_Interdisciplinary Research Paper_Climate Change 13 Mar 16 (Autosaved)TennisonJ_Interdisciplinary Research Paper_Climate Change 13 Mar 16 (Autosaved)
TennisonJ_Interdisciplinary Research Paper_Climate Change 13 Mar 16 (Autosaved)
 
Workshop 1 - Julie Doll
Workshop 1 - Julie DollWorkshop 1 - Julie Doll
Workshop 1 - Julie Doll
 
Golin: Justice for All Survey
Golin: Justice for All Survey Golin: Justice for All Survey
Golin: Justice for All Survey
 
Building Hope in an Era of Melting Glaciers
Building Hope in an Era of Melting GlaciersBuilding Hope in an Era of Melting Glaciers
Building Hope in an Era of Melting Glaciers
 
Global advisor earth day
Global advisor earth dayGlobal advisor earth day
Global advisor earth day
 
Climate Change in the American Mind: Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and A...
Climate Change in the American Mind:  Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and A...Climate Change in the American Mind:  Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and A...
Climate Change in the American Mind: Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and A...
 
The Global Commons Survey
The Global Commons SurveyThe Global Commons Survey
The Global Commons Survey
 

Recently uploaded

原版1:1复刻塔夫斯大学毕业证Tufts毕业证留信学历认证
原版1:1复刻塔夫斯大学毕业证Tufts毕业证留信学历认证原版1:1复刻塔夫斯大学毕业证Tufts毕业证留信学历认证
原版1:1复刻塔夫斯大学毕业证Tufts毕业证留信学历认证jdkhjh
 
Slide deck for the IPCC Briefing to Latvian Parliamentarians
Slide deck for the IPCC Briefing to Latvian ParliamentariansSlide deck for the IPCC Briefing to Latvian Parliamentarians
Slide deck for the IPCC Briefing to Latvian Parliamentariansipcc-media
 
Call Girls Sarovar Portico Naraina Hotel, New Delhi 9873777170
Call Girls Sarovar Portico Naraina Hotel, New Delhi 9873777170Call Girls Sarovar Portico Naraina Hotel, New Delhi 9873777170
Call Girls Sarovar Portico Naraina Hotel, New Delhi 9873777170simranguptaxx69
 
办理(Victoria毕业证书)维多利亚大学毕业证成绩单原版一比一
办理(Victoria毕业证书)维多利亚大学毕业证成绩单原版一比一办理(Victoria毕业证书)维多利亚大学毕业证成绩单原版一比一
办理(Victoria毕业证书)维多利亚大学毕业证成绩单原版一比一z xss
 
885MTAMount DMU University Bachelor's Diploma in Education
885MTAMount DMU University Bachelor's Diploma in Education885MTAMount DMU University Bachelor's Diploma in Education
885MTAMount DMU University Bachelor's Diploma in Educationz xss
 
https://www.facebook.com/people/Proper-Keto-Capsules-UK/61557989683758/
https://www.facebook.com/people/Proper-Keto-Capsules-UK/61557989683758/https://www.facebook.com/people/Proper-Keto-Capsules-UK/61557989683758/
https://www.facebook.com/people/Proper-Keto-Capsules-UK/61557989683758/dikjog
 
INSIDER THREAT PREVENTION IN THE US BANKING SYSTEM
INSIDER THREAT PREVENTION IN THE US BANKING SYSTEMINSIDER THREAT PREVENTION IN THE US BANKING SYSTEM
INSIDER THREAT PREVENTION IN THE US BANKING SYSTEMijsc
 
Species composition, diversity and community structure of mangroves in Barang...
Species composition, diversity and community structure of mangroves in Barang...Species composition, diversity and community structure of mangroves in Barang...
Species composition, diversity and community structure of mangroves in Barang...Open Access Research Paper
 
CCXG global forum, April 2025, Key takeaways
CCXG global forum, April 2025, Key takeawaysCCXG global forum, April 2025, Key takeaways
CCXG global forum, April 2025, Key takeawaysOECD Environment
 
Group 4The Species of the Atlantic Forest.pdf
Group 4The Species of the Atlantic Forest.pdfGroup 4The Species of the Atlantic Forest.pdf
Group 4The Species of the Atlantic Forest.pdfs2015004
 
Title-Role of forestry in restoration of degraded lands.pptx
Title-Role of forestry in restoration of degraded lands.pptxTitle-Role of forestry in restoration of degraded lands.pptx
Title-Role of forestry in restoration of degraded lands.pptxSagar Chaudhary
 
'Upcycling Research' presentation for SNU GSES
'Upcycling Research' presentation for SNU GSES'Upcycling Research' presentation for SNU GSES
'Upcycling Research' presentation for SNU GSESKyungeun Sung
 
9873940964 Full Enjoy 24/7 Call Girls Near Shangri La’s Eros Hotel, New Delhi
9873940964 Full Enjoy 24/7 Call Girls Near Shangri La’s Eros Hotel, New Delhi9873940964 Full Enjoy 24/7 Call Girls Near Shangri La’s Eros Hotel, New Delhi
9873940964 Full Enjoy 24/7 Call Girls Near Shangri La’s Eros Hotel, New Delhidelih Escorts
 
Uae-NO1 Black Magic Specialist Expert In Bahawalpur, Sargodha, Sialkot, Sheik...
Uae-NO1 Black Magic Specialist Expert In Bahawalpur, Sargodha, Sialkot, Sheik...Uae-NO1 Black Magic Specialist Expert In Bahawalpur, Sargodha, Sialkot, Sheik...
Uae-NO1 Black Magic Specialist Expert In Bahawalpur, Sargodha, Sialkot, Sheik...Amil baba
 
Research Methodology Book For New BS Student
Research Methodology Book For New BS StudentResearch Methodology Book For New BS Student
Research Methodology Book For New BS Studentiziaurrahmankhattak
 
5 Wondrous Places You Should Visit at Least Once in Your Lifetime (1).pdf
5 Wondrous Places You Should Visit at Least Once in Your Lifetime (1).pdf5 Wondrous Places You Should Visit at Least Once in Your Lifetime (1).pdf
5 Wondrous Places You Should Visit at Least Once in Your Lifetime (1).pdfsrivastavaakshat51
 
BIODIVERSITY QUIZ ELIMINATION ROUND.pptx
BIODIVERSITY QUIZ ELIMINATION ROUND.pptxBIODIVERSITY QUIZ ELIMINATION ROUND.pptx
BIODIVERSITY QUIZ ELIMINATION ROUND.pptxROLANARIBATO3
 
Science, Technology and Nation Building.pptx
Science, Technology and Nation Building.pptxScience, Technology and Nation Building.pptx
Science, Technology and Nation Building.pptxgrandmarshall132
 

Recently uploaded (20)

原版1:1复刻塔夫斯大学毕业证Tufts毕业证留信学历认证
原版1:1复刻塔夫斯大学毕业证Tufts毕业证留信学历认证原版1:1复刻塔夫斯大学毕业证Tufts毕业证留信学历认证
原版1:1复刻塔夫斯大学毕业证Tufts毕业证留信学历认证
 
Slide deck for the IPCC Briefing to Latvian Parliamentarians
Slide deck for the IPCC Briefing to Latvian ParliamentariansSlide deck for the IPCC Briefing to Latvian Parliamentarians
Slide deck for the IPCC Briefing to Latvian Parliamentarians
 
Call Girls Sarovar Portico Naraina Hotel, New Delhi 9873777170
Call Girls Sarovar Portico Naraina Hotel, New Delhi 9873777170Call Girls Sarovar Portico Naraina Hotel, New Delhi 9873777170
Call Girls Sarovar Portico Naraina Hotel, New Delhi 9873777170
 
办理(Victoria毕业证书)维多利亚大学毕业证成绩单原版一比一
办理(Victoria毕业证书)维多利亚大学毕业证成绩单原版一比一办理(Victoria毕业证书)维多利亚大学毕业证成绩单原版一比一
办理(Victoria毕业证书)维多利亚大学毕业证成绩单原版一比一
 
885MTAMount DMU University Bachelor's Diploma in Education
885MTAMount DMU University Bachelor's Diploma in Education885MTAMount DMU University Bachelor's Diploma in Education
885MTAMount DMU University Bachelor's Diploma in Education
 
https://www.facebook.com/people/Proper-Keto-Capsules-UK/61557989683758/
https://www.facebook.com/people/Proper-Keto-Capsules-UK/61557989683758/https://www.facebook.com/people/Proper-Keto-Capsules-UK/61557989683758/
https://www.facebook.com/people/Proper-Keto-Capsules-UK/61557989683758/
 
INSIDER THREAT PREVENTION IN THE US BANKING SYSTEM
INSIDER THREAT PREVENTION IN THE US BANKING SYSTEMINSIDER THREAT PREVENTION IN THE US BANKING SYSTEM
INSIDER THREAT PREVENTION IN THE US BANKING SYSTEM
 
Species composition, diversity and community structure of mangroves in Barang...
Species composition, diversity and community structure of mangroves in Barang...Species composition, diversity and community structure of mangroves in Barang...
Species composition, diversity and community structure of mangroves in Barang...
 
CCXG global forum, April 2025, Key takeaways
CCXG global forum, April 2025, Key takeawaysCCXG global forum, April 2025, Key takeaways
CCXG global forum, April 2025, Key takeaways
 
Biopesticide. pptx.
Biopesticide. pptx.Biopesticide. pptx.
Biopesticide. pptx.
 
Health Facility Electrification: State of Play
Health Facility Electrification: State of PlayHealth Facility Electrification: State of Play
Health Facility Electrification: State of Play
 
Group 4The Species of the Atlantic Forest.pdf
Group 4The Species of the Atlantic Forest.pdfGroup 4The Species of the Atlantic Forest.pdf
Group 4The Species of the Atlantic Forest.pdf
 
Title-Role of forestry in restoration of degraded lands.pptx
Title-Role of forestry in restoration of degraded lands.pptxTitle-Role of forestry in restoration of degraded lands.pptx
Title-Role of forestry in restoration of degraded lands.pptx
 
'Upcycling Research' presentation for SNU GSES
'Upcycling Research' presentation for SNU GSES'Upcycling Research' presentation for SNU GSES
'Upcycling Research' presentation for SNU GSES
 
9873940964 Full Enjoy 24/7 Call Girls Near Shangri La’s Eros Hotel, New Delhi
9873940964 Full Enjoy 24/7 Call Girls Near Shangri La’s Eros Hotel, New Delhi9873940964 Full Enjoy 24/7 Call Girls Near Shangri La’s Eros Hotel, New Delhi
9873940964 Full Enjoy 24/7 Call Girls Near Shangri La’s Eros Hotel, New Delhi
 
Uae-NO1 Black Magic Specialist Expert In Bahawalpur, Sargodha, Sialkot, Sheik...
Uae-NO1 Black Magic Specialist Expert In Bahawalpur, Sargodha, Sialkot, Sheik...Uae-NO1 Black Magic Specialist Expert In Bahawalpur, Sargodha, Sialkot, Sheik...
Uae-NO1 Black Magic Specialist Expert In Bahawalpur, Sargodha, Sialkot, Sheik...
 
Research Methodology Book For New BS Student
Research Methodology Book For New BS StudentResearch Methodology Book For New BS Student
Research Methodology Book For New BS Student
 
5 Wondrous Places You Should Visit at Least Once in Your Lifetime (1).pdf
5 Wondrous Places You Should Visit at Least Once in Your Lifetime (1).pdf5 Wondrous Places You Should Visit at Least Once in Your Lifetime (1).pdf
5 Wondrous Places You Should Visit at Least Once in Your Lifetime (1).pdf
 
BIODIVERSITY QUIZ ELIMINATION ROUND.pptx
BIODIVERSITY QUIZ ELIMINATION ROUND.pptxBIODIVERSITY QUIZ ELIMINATION ROUND.pptx
BIODIVERSITY QUIZ ELIMINATION ROUND.pptx
 
Science, Technology and Nation Building.pptx
Science, Technology and Nation Building.pptxScience, Technology and Nation Building.pptx
Science, Technology and Nation Building.pptx
 

ecoAmerica 2018 American Climate Perspectives Mid-Year Summary

  • 2. ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 2 ecoAmerica Suggested Citation: Fery, P., Kobayashi, N., & Speiser, M. (2018). American Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary. ecoAmerica. Washington, D.C. © 2018 ecoAmerica. The contents of this report may be shared and used under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. We build a critical mass of institutional leadership, public support, and political will for climate solutions in the United States. •  Visible Institutional Leadership •  Climate Literate Leaders + Staff •  Engaged Communities •  Build Collective Action Methodology: This report is based on a meta analysis and synthesis of polls on American climate attitudes, opinions, and values.
  • 3. ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 3 AWARENESS: Americans are noticing a variety of climate impacts, all at steadily increasing rates over the past three years Saint Leo University (2015-2018), Yale/George Mason (2018) Note: no data available for increased flooding in 2015 and severe weather 11% 16% 17% 60% 24% 22% 24% 26% 61% 45% 30% 32% 32% 45% 57% 59% 48% 64% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 2015 2016 2017 2018 2018 (Yale/George Mason) % of Americans that have noticed… Increased flooding Increased drought conditions Unusually severe weather/ storms Warmer temperatures
  • 4. ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 4 AWARENESS: Americans also report they are being personally impacted by climate, with notable increases in feeling impacted generally and by flooding 31% 36% 44% 41% 37% 42% 44% 48% 56% 48% 59% 67% 59% 68% 53% 51% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 2015 2016 2017 2018 % of Americans personally impacted by… The effects of global warming Increased flooding More frequent droughts Heat waves More severe weather ecoAmerica (2015-2017) Yale & George Mason (2015-2018): “The effects of global warming”
  • 5. ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 5 UNDERSTANDING: A growing number of Americans believe that human activity is mainly or partially contributing to climate change 22% 26% 27% 16% 16% 22% 23% 45% 44% 53%53% 55% 58% 58% 55% 65% 68% 64% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 2015 2016 2017 2018 % of Americans that believe… Climate change is happening mainly due to human activities (ecoAmerica) Global climate change is caused entirely by human activity (Saint Leo University) The Earth is warming mostly because of human activity (Pew) Global warming is caused mostly by human activities (Yale & George Mason) Global warming is caused by human activities (Gallup)
  • 6. ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 6 UNDERSTANDING: Americans are beginning to make the connection between extreme weather and climate change 36% 49% 28% 25% 55% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Global warming is a major cause of the increase in the number and strength of hurricanes in recent years The recent hurricanes are most likely the result of global climate change Global warming made hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria a lot worse % of Americans that believe... Yale & George Mason (2017) CNN (2017) CNN (2005) WP-ABC (2017) WP-ABC (2005)
  • 7. ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 7 CONCERN: Personal climate concern remains high—or hitting a high—in America 74%67% 66% 76% 62% 49% 58% 62% 35% 24% 40% 26% 41% 25% 30% 37% 43% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 1989 1991 1999 2001 2003 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016 2018 % of Americans personally concerned about climate change or global warming Saint Leo University ecoAmerica Quinnipiac University Yale & George Mason Gallup
  • 8. ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 8 CONCERN: However, in the past year there has been a drop in American concern about environmental quality and belief we have a responsibility to do something 87% 83% 53% 59% 48% 60% 63% 59% 35% 43% 34% 31% 47% 42% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 2004 2006 2008 2010 2012 2014 2016 2018 % of Americans that say… We have a moral responsibility to create a safe and healthy climate for ourselves and our children (ecoAmerica) I am concerned a great deal about pollution of drinking water (Gallup) I am worried a great deal about the quality of the environment (Gallup)
  • 9. ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 9 61% 71% 58% 70% 47% 55% 36% 57% 28% 19% 32% 23% 36% 54% 35% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 1984 1995 1999 2002 2006 2010 2013 2017 % of Americans the prioritize protecting the environment over economic growth Protection of the environment Economic growth PRIORITY: A growing number of Americans give greater priority to environmental protections than economic growth Gallup (1984-2018)
  • 10. ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 10 URGENCY: A majority of Americans feel personal and collective urgency and ability to reduce the pollution that is causing damage to our climate 68% 80% 70% 79% 73% 80% 72% 78% 70% 77% 68% 76% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% % of Americans that believe… ecoAmerica (2015) ecoAmerica (2016) ecoAmerica (2017) I need to take action now to reduce pollution that is causing climate change We need to take action now to reduce pollution that is causing climate change I can help reduce the pollution that is causing climate change We can help reduce the pollution that is causing climate change
  • 11. ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 11 SOLUTIONS: Americans favor clean energy by a high majority over other sources 87% 63% 47% 43% 37% 88% 61% 42% 37% 30% 34% 89% 83% 42% 45% 43% 42% 41% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Wind and solar Solar Wind Natural Gas Oil Offshore drilling Nuclear Fracking Coal % of Americans that support or believe we should produce more… ecoAmerica (2017) ecoAmerica (2016) University of Michigan (2018) Pew (2017)
  • 12. ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 12 BENEFITS: Significantly more Americans say climate solutions would help the economy, and environmental protections are critical, no matter what 14% 17% 32% 33% 37% Unsure Should not be pursued if they negatively impact the economy Create new economic opportunities Are important even when they negatively impact the economy Are critical, no matter what 0% 5% 10%15%20%25%30%35%40% % of Americans that agree environmental protections… 64% 16% 12% 8% % of Americans that agree… Addressing climate change would help the economy Addressing climate change would hurt the economy Make no difference Not sure ecoAmerica (2017)Saint Leo University (2018)
  • 13. ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 13 BEHAVIORS: Americans are talking about climate change at their place and worship and purchasing clean energy at increasing rates over prior years 64% 69% 35% 41% 15% 24% 13% 22% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 2015 2016 2017 % of Americans that have… Discussed climate change with family or friends Discussed climate change at work with colleagues Discussed climate change at their place of worship Purchased wind or solar for their home ecoAmerica (2015-2017)
  • 14. ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 14 BEHAVIORS: More Americans are speaking publicly on climate, and over one-third are making climate a voting issue 26% 7% 34% 8% 35% 16% 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% 45% 50% Contacted or voted for an elected official based on their support for taking action on climate change Spoke at a public gathering about the importance of doing something about climate change % of Americans that have… ecoAmerica (2015) ecoAmerica (2016) ecoAmerica (2017) Note: 2015-2016 data for “Contacted or voted for…” was based on a different question asking only “Have you voted for a candidate…”
  • 15. ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 15 ROLE OF GOVERNMENT: A majority of Americans believe government and communities need to prepare for climate change 48% 57% 59% 62% 70% 83% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 2015 2016 2017 2018 % of Americans that believe… Government is doing too little in terms of protecting the environment (Gallup) Government needs to protect all people from the impacts of extreme weather (ecoAmerica) Communities need to prepare for floods and droughts and minimize their impact (ecoAmerica) Note: Both “Government needs..” and “Believe government is…” were first asked in 2017
  • 16. ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 16 ROLE OF GOVERNMENT: Americans say the federal government has the responsibility to act, but the private sector is most likely to do so 28% 17% 13% 42% 52% 41% 34% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Federal government State government Local government Private sector % of Americans that say ______ has a great deal of responsibility to act to reduce global warming (University of Michigan 2018) % of Americans that say ______ is most likely to advance climate solutions (ecoAmerica 2017)
  • 17. ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 17 FEDERAL ACTIONS: Majorities of Americans oppose Trump Administration efforts to rollback environmental progress 67% 66% 65% 59% 59% 55% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Eliminate energy efficiency programs Reduce funding for research and development of renewable technology Reduce funding for NOAA Reduce funding for the EPA Reduce funding to research solutions that address climate change Expand leasing of oceans and public lands % of Americans that oppose President Trump’s efforts to… American Viewpoint & NRDC (2017)
  • 18. ecoAmerica.orgAmerican Climate Perspectives: 2018 Mid-Year Summary | 18 POLITICS: Political parties find common ground on clean energy, grid modernization, and carbon tax 81% 83% 87% 75% 87% 85% 81% 79% 86% 89% 83% 89% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% A proposal to reduce climate change pollution by charging corporate polluters a fee for pollution they create A proposal to reduce climate change pollution by modernizing America's electric grid The U.S. producing more from wind and solar than it is today % of Americans that favor… National Republicans Independents Democrats ecoAmerica (2017)
  • 19. Thank you! ecoAmerica builds institutional leadership, public support, and political will for climate solutions in the United States. Learn more at ecoAmerica.org