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Research & Articles

This June 25 briefing features recent research on multiple climate politics topics. Rural voters support clean energy but are skeptical about moving away from fossil fuels. Climate’s effects on weather and on Americans’ wallets outperform other climate messages. All topics covered include renewable energy siting (courtesy of NRDC); rural clean energy attitudes (courtesy of the Rural Climate Partnership); new and different techniques to effectively communicate about climate change (courtesy of the Climate Action Campaign); and Americans' prioritization of different environmental issues and the ways that environmental priorities differ across audiences (courtesy of the Partnership Project Innovation Hub).

Environmental Polling Roundup - June 21st, 2024

David Gold, Environmental Polling Consortium
Research & Articles

This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including a major new international climate survey by the United Nations, new research on Americans’ beliefs about climate change and extreme weather, and new battleground polling about climate change and clean energy in the presidential race.

Small Screen, Big Impact: How Madam Secretary Boosted Support for Climate Policy and Climate Justice

Dr. Anirudh Tiwathia, Dr. Erik Thulin, Dr. Stylianos Syropoulos, Ellis Watamanuk. Rare
Research & Articles

The CBS political drama Madam Secretary increased support for governmental action on climate change and boosted several hard-to-move attitudes on climate justice. This research also found that many of the positive shifts in audience attitudes persisted even two weeks after viewing the episode – providing empirical evidence that viewing climate-forward content can provide stable shifts in climate attitudes in the short-to-mid term. Madam Secretary proves that good storytelling and meaningful issues can blend together to create compelling, thought-provoking drama with real-world impact for audiences at home. In the episode, a “super typhoon” threatens to destroy the coral island nation of Nauru. U.S. Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord and her team must figure out how to evacuate and permanently relocate the entire island’s population. For participants who watched the climate episode, the research found a substantial increase in general climate concern including (i) increased worry about climate change and (ii) increased certainty that climate change “poses a significant threat to society.”

Voters recognize methane as a pollutant and support policies to address methane pollution, but most don’t associate it with the oil and gas industry. Most voters (68%) say that they’ve heard little or nothing about methane gas, but the majority (64%) also rate it as at least a “minor” problem for the climate – including 38% who call methane gas a “major problem” for the climate. When asked to select two phrases that they most associate with methane gas, voters are much more likely to connect it with “cows and other livestock” (44%) and with “landfills” (33%) than with “fossil fuels” (18%) or “oil and gas extraction” (16%). Further demonstrating how voters are at least vaguely aware of methane pollution, around three in ten associate methane gas with the terms “air pollution” (31%) and “greenhouse gas” (29%). After reading that agriculture, energy, and waste are the economic sectors that contribute most to U.S. methane emissions, large majorities support government action to reduce methane emissions from each of these sectors: 81% support government action to reduce methane emissions from waste (landfills and wastewater facilities); 75% support government action to reduce methane emissions from energy (oil and gas); 67% support government action to reduce methane emissions from agriculture (cows and other livestock).

This "biggest ever” survey on climate change finds that 80% of people across the globe want their governments to take stronger action on climate change; while most Americans support stronger climate action and a transition to clean energy, U.S. support lags behind comparable nations. 86% of people surveyed across 77 countries, including 80% in the United States, say that countries should work together on climate change even if they disagree on other issues. 66% of Americans want the United States to strengthen its commitment to address climate change. 57% of Americans say that the United States should provide more protection for people at risk of extreme weather impacts. 54% of Americans say that the United States should “quickly” transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy.

Environmental Polling Roundup - June 14th, 2024

David Gold, Environmental Polling Consortium
Research & Articles

This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including a new wave of Yale and George Mason’s long-running “Climate Change in the American Mind” survey, new battleground polling on climate change and clean energy in the presidential race, and new polling on sustainable aquaculture.

Research finds that Americans are more confident blaming climate change for extreme heat and wildfires than for other types of extreme weather such as flooding, tornadoes, and hurricanes. The recent study found that politics and personal experience played significant roles in people’s responses: Self-identified Republicans were less likely than Democrats to attribute extreme weather events to climate change, though Republicans who had personally experienced negative impacts from extreme weather events were more likely to link them to climate change than those who hadn’t. Looking at extreme weather events across the board, 83% of survey respondents said there is some link between these events and anthropogenic, or human-caused, climate change. About 17% thought climate change had nothing to do with extreme weather. More than 47% of people were “very” or “extremely confident” in linking increased wildfires to climate change, and roughly 42% of people were very or extremely confident linking extreme heat to climate change.

Climate Change in the American Mind: Politics & Policy, Spring 2024

Anthony Leiserowitz, Edward Maibach, Seth Rosenthal et al. Yale University and George Mason University
Research & Articles

Steady majorities of voters say that clean energy and global warming should be high priorities for the President and Congress, and voters overwhelmingly prefer pro-climate candidates over candidates who oppose climate action. By a greater than four-to-one margin, voters would prefer to vote for a candidate for public office who supports action on global warming (62%) over a candidate who opposes action on global warming (15%). 74% of voters support the Inflation Reduction Act after reading a brief description of it. 77% of voters support providing tax rebates to people who purchase energy-efficient vehicles or solar panels. 74% of voters support tax credits or rebates to encourage people to buy electric appliances, such as heat pumps and induction stoves, that run on electricity instead of oil or gas. 66% of voters support transitioning the U.S. economy from fossil fuels to 100% clean energy by 2050. 80% of voters support strengthening enforcement of industrial pollution limits in low-income communities and communities of color that are disproportionately impacted by air and water pollution. 65% of voters support building solar farms in their local area. 58% of voters support building wind farms in their local area.

Climate Emotions Wheel

Climate Mental Health Network
Research & Articles

Emotions wheels have long been a valuable tool for psychologists to help people better understand and interpret their feelings.

Climate Doom to Messy Hope: Climate Healing & Resilience

Meghan Wise for UBC Climate Hub's Climate Wellbeing Engagement Network
Research & Articles

Grounded in a commitment to fostering deeper understandings and connections, this theory-to-practice handbook aims to support mindful and proactive navigation of the escalating impacts of climate change on individual and community mental health and wellbeing.