Appendix II: Survey Method

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Politics & Global Warming, April 2022

The data in this report are based on a nationally representative survey of 1,018 American adults, aged 18 and older. Results are reported for the subset of 908 registered voters who participated in the survey. The survey was conducted April 13 – May 2, 2022. All questionnaires were self-administered by respondents in a web-based environment. The median completion time for the survey was 27 minutes.

The sample was drawn from the Ipsos KnowledgePanel®, an online panel of members drawn using probability sampling methods. Prospective members are recruited using a combination of random digit dial and address-based sampling techniques that cover virtually all (non-institutional) resident phone numbers and addresses in the United States. Those contacted who would choose to join the panel but do not have access to the Internet are loaned computers and given Internet access so they may participate. The sample therefore includes a representative cross-section of American adults—irrespective of whether they have Internet access, use only a cell phone, etc. Key demographic variables were weighted, post survey, to match US Census Bureau norms. From November 2008 to December 2018, no KnowledgePanel. member participated in more than one Climate Change in the American Mind (CCAM) survey. Beginning with the April 2019 survey, panel members who have participated in CCAM surveys in the past, excluding the most recent two surveys, may be randomly selected for participation. In the current survey, 217 respondents, 205 of whom are registered voters included in this report, participated in a previous CCAM survey.

The survey instrument was designed by Anthony Leiserowitz, Seth Rosenthal, Jennifer Carman, Matthew Goldberg, Karine Lacroix, and Jennifer Marlon of Yale University, and Edward Maibach, John Kotcher, Teresa Myers, and Eryn Campbell of George Mason University. All graphics (charts and tables) were designed and created by Liz Neyens and Jennifer Marlon of Yale University.

Margins of error

All samples are subject to some degree of sampling error—that is, statistical results obtained from a sample can be expected to differ somewhat from results that would be obtained if every member of the target population was interviewed. Average margins of error, at the 95% confidence level, are as follows:

  • All Registered Voters (n = 908): Plus or minus 3 percentage points.
  • Democrats (total; n = 381): Plus or minus 5 percentage points.
  • Liberal Democrats (n = 201): Plus or minus 7 percentage points.
  • Moderate/conservative Democrats (n = 178): Plus or minus 7 percentage points.
  • Independents (n = 99): Plus or minus 10 percentage points.
  • Republicans (total; n = 386): Plus or minus 5 percentage points.
  • Liberal/moderate Republicans (n = 116): Plus or minus 9 percentage points.
  • Conservative Republicans (n = 266): Plus or minus 6 points.

Rounding error and tabulation

In data tables, bases specified are unweighted, but percentages are weighted to match national population parameters. For tabulation purposes, percentage points are rounded to the nearest whole number. As a result, percentages in a given chart may total slightly higher or lower than 100%. Summed response categories (e.g., “strongly support” + “somewhat support”) are rounded after sums are calculated. For example, in some cases, the sum of 25% + 25% might be reported as 51% (e.g., 25.3% + 25.3% = 50.6%, which, after rounding, would be reported as 25% + 25% = 51%).

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