July 2, 2019 CLIMATE NOTE By Matthew Ballew, Matthew Goldberg, Parrish Bergquist, Seth Rosenthal, Abel Gustafson, John Kotcher, Edward Maibach, and Anthony Leiserowitz [span6] Perceptions of what other people think and do can have a powerful influence on individuals’ own beliefs and actions. For example, research on household energy conservation demonstrates that individuals who consume a large amount of energy tend…Read more
Do Americans understand how air pollution from fossil fuels harms health?
Most Americans (73%) are aware that air pollution from the use of fossil fuels harms the health of Americans. However, only about half (55%) are able to name even one such health impact, Additionally, the most frequently cited health impacts are general (e.g., breathing problems, respiratory illness) rather than specific (e.g., asthma). This according to…Read more
Changes in Awareness of and Support for the Green New Deal
Republican support for the Green New Deal decreased dramatically in four months. From December 2018 to April 2019, public familiarity with – and support for – the Green New Deal shifted dramatically. In particular, Republicans now say they are both much more familiar with the proposal and much more opposed to it. Opposition to the…Read more
Takin’ It to the Mall: Consumer Activism on Global Warming
In our published scientific article: The consumer as climate activist, we found that Americans are more likely to engage in consumer activism than political activism to combat global warming, and it’s on the rise. Yet most Americans don’t realize that consumer activism can influence companies. And even those that do seek to influence companies are…Read more