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5. Fatalism

Jul 20, 2022 | All Categories

Climate Change in the American Mind, April 2022


5.1. Few Americans think it is too late to do anything about global warming.

A majority of Americans (61%) either “strongly” (39%) or “somewhat” (22%) disagree with the statement that “it’s already too late to do anything about global warming.” By contrast, relatively few Americans (17%) either “strongly” (4%) or “somewhat” (13%) agree with this statement.

5.2. Americans are split about whether new technologies can solve global warming without individual action.

Many Americans (48%) either “strongly” or “somewhat” agree that “new technologies can solve global warming without individuals having to make big changes in their lives,” while 52% of Americans either “strongly” or “somewhat” disagree.


Citation

Leiserowitz, A., Maibach, E., Rosenthal, S., Kotcher, J., Carman, J., Neyens, L., Myers, T., Goldberg, M., Campbell, E., Lacroix, K., & Marlon, J. (2022). Climate Change in the American Mind, April 2022. Yale University and George Mason University. New Haven, CT: Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

Funding Source

The research was funded by the 11th Hour Project, the Energy Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Heising-Simons Foundation, and the Grantham Foundation.