Climate Change in the American Mind: Politics & Policy, December 2022
7.1. Americans are more confident they can influence what the federal government does about global warming more than they can influence what corporations do.
Perceived collective efficacy regarding global warming – the belief that like-minded citizens can work together to influence what government and business leaders do about global warming – is an important motivator for individuals to take collective action.1 About four in ten registered voters (42%) are at least “moderately confident” that people like them, working together, can affect what the federal government does about global warming. Fewer registered voters (35%) are at least “moderately confident” that people like them, working together, can affect what corporations do about global warming.
Liberal Democrats have the highest perceptions of collective efficacy regarding global warming, while conservative Republicans have the lowest perceptions of collective efficacy, although that may in part be because they are less likely to support action on global warming overall.
1 Bandura, A. (2000). Exercise of human agency through collective efficacy. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 9, 75-78. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8721.00064
Table of Contents
Report Summary / Reading Notes
1. Global Warming as a Voting Issue
2. Global Warming and Clean Energy as Government Priorities
3. Support for Policies to Reduce the Pollution that Causes Global Warming
4. Special Section: The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)
5. Who Should Take Action to Address Global Warming?
6. Political Actions to Limit Global Warming
8. Educating Students About Global Warming
CitationLeiserowitz, A., Maibach, E., Rosenthal, S., Kotcher, J., Carman, J., Lee, S., Verner, M., Ballew, M., Ansah, P., Badullovich, N., Myers, T., Goldberg, M., & Marlon, J. (2023). Climate Change in the American Mind: Politics & Policy, December 2022. Yale University and George Mason University. New Haven, CT: Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.
Funding SourceThe research was funded by the 11th Hour Project, the Energy Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Heising-Simons Foundation, and the Grantham Foundation.