Is There a Climate “Spiral of Silence” in America?

Sep 29, 2016 | Climate Notes

Most Americans say global warming is personally important to them, but don’t talk or hear about it much. Our surveys have repeatedly shown that most Americans are interested in the issue of global warming and consider it personally important. Our studies, however, have also shown that for most Americans, climate change is not a common topic of conversation or something they hear about much in their daily lives. This suggests that there is a climate change “spiral of silence,” in which even people who care about the issue shy away from discussing it because they so infrequently hear other people talking about it – reinforcing the spiral. Here we use data from our most recent national survey to explore this concept. Download the Climate Note Here.