In this report we present findings about attitudes, behaviors, and policy preferences regarding energy and climate change based on a sample of 2,126 state residents. By randomly sampling across each of the state’s four distinct geographical and cultural regions, we are able to generalize to these areas, and the state as a whole.
Maryland is a state that is highly vulnerable to climate change, and is also taking significant steps to protect its citizens and natural resources from these risks. Many civic organizations, universities, businesses and government agencies across the state – from the western hills of Appalachia to the low-lying coastal areas of the Chesapeake Bay – are working to limit changing climate, and to prepare their communities and their organizations for consequences of climate change that cannot be averted. Gaining insight into how the people of Maryland understand the issue of climate change – including their knowledge and attitudes, the actions they are taking, and the actions they want their government to take – is an important step in planning for and achieving a healthier, more sustainable, and more economically robust state. The aim of this survey of Maryland residents, conducted by George Mason University, was to help provide such insights. Download the Report Here.