For the past three years, we have been asking Maryland residents questions about their understanding of the effects of climate change and their preferences for the state’s climate and energy policies that fall under the umbrella of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act (GGRA). Creating jobs remains at the top of Marylanders’ priority list for the state, but residents strongly support a large range of the state’s energy and climate policies, including renewing the GGRA in 2016. Moreover, they are drawing connections between climate change and harm to the state’s cultural, economic, and ecological heritage: the Chesapeake Bay.
George Mason University partnered with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in fielding the survey in 2015. This report is one of three released from the data; other reports highlight attitudes, behaviors and policy preferences on energy, and public health and climate change. Download the Report Here.