Poll: Majority of Americans now believe in climate change
According to a new poll, Americans attitudes towards climate change are starting to change.
A new mapping tool, dubbed the “Yale Climate Opinion Maps,” shows the attitude of Americans towards the controversial issue of climate change changing over time. According to the new survey, which was conducted across 50 states and involved nearly 12,000 Americans, shows a fair amount of consensus among Americans on the issue of global warming and climate change. The model, which was conducted over the course of the last several years, shows geographical diversity in public opinion on the issue, but shows a majority of Americans agreeing that global warming is occurring.
The research is the first of its kind and provides the first view of how Americans view the issue state by state, and city by city.
“Decisions about how to respond to issues such as climate change can happen at the state and local level as well as the national level, so we wanted to find out what people think about the issue at these levels,” said Peter Howe, lead author of the study.
The study, the first ever conducted on this scale and at this level, allows for a more comprehensive picture of how Americans view the issue of climate change, according to Howe. The survey found that nearly 63 percent of Americans in general view climate change as even real threat. The study found that 48 percent of the American population view climate change as happening and a result of human activity. The majority, 97 percent , of the scientific community’s say climate change is happening and is caused by humans.
The study’s breakdown on a state-by-state basis revealed some interesting conclusions. For example, nearly 54 percent of the people and West Virginia, view climate change is happening. Nearly 70 percent of people Hawaii, California, and New York say climate change is occurring. In the state of Utah, according to the report, more than 70 percent of adults say there should be more regulation of carbon dioxide to curb pollution and the effects of climate change.
The report comes as politicians across the U.S. continue to debate whether the root of climate change — mainly human emissions of greenhouse gases — and whether they should be more heavily regulated. President Obama, for his part, has increased pressure on congressional Republicans to address the issue. However, top Republicans have said the issue remains a nonstarter and have signaled that regulations will be reduced in the coming years.