Tagged with Public Opinion Surveys

Believers, Sympathizers, and Skeptics: Why Americans are Conflicted about Climate Change, Environmental Policy, and Science

Findings from the PRRI/AAR Religion,Values, and Climate Change Survey Public Religion Research Institute http://bit.ly/1xaWpg2 Americans rank climate change last on a list of important issues. Only five percent of Americans say climate change is the most important issue facing the U.S. today. The issue of climate change ranks behind the lack of jobs (22%), the increasing … Continue reading

Climate Change in the American Mind: Poll by George Mason University

George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication http://bit.ly/1p3hM4W [Yale University] Despite the debate in Congress over proposed EPA regulations, a solid majority of Americans (67%) support setting strict carbon dioxide emission limits on existing coal-fired power plants to reduce global warming and improve public health. Respondents were told that power plants would have to … Continue reading

Fact Sheet: Polling the American Public on Climate Change

Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) http://www.eesi.org/papers/view/fact-sheet-polling-the-american-public-on-climate-change-2014 This fact sheet provides information on climate change polling in the United States over the last year from a variety of sources. Overall, the studies show: Belief that climate change is happening and is caused by human actions is continuing to rise, but it still has not reached … Continue reading

Public Views on a Carbon Tax Depend on the Proposed Use of Revenue: New Report

National Surveys on Energy and Environment http://closup.umich.edu/files/ieep-nsee-2014-spring-carbon-tax.pdf [EcoWatch] While some U.S. are lukewarm on the idea of taxing fossil fuel companies for emitting carbon, more are willing to support a tax if the funds support cleaner energy. According to the University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College’s Spring 2014 National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE), … Continue reading

Hydraulic Fracturing and the Management, Disposal, and Reuse of Frac Flowback Waters: Views from the Public in the Marcellus Shale

Energy Research and Social Science (June 2014, v 2, p66-74; DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2014.04.007) / By Gene L. Theodori, et al. sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214629614000401 [From an Energy Wire article by Nathaniel Gronewold, sub. req’d]  … people living in the counties hosting the most Marcellus [Shale] drilling activity report roughly equal amounts of familiarity and unfamiliarity with the process of … Continue reading

Efficiency Concerns Top Two New Energy Polls

University of Texas | OurEnergyPolicy.org UT Energy Poll OurEnergyPolicy.org [From Press Release]  Four out of five American consumers and energy professionals view energy efficiency as a personal priority and at least two out of three believe it could significantly reduce overall energy use if not for political squabbling, two new surveys show. Findings from the … Continue reading

Americans Now Support Renewables Over Fossil Fuels: Gallup

Gallup / by Brendan Moore and Stafford Nichols http://bit.ly/1q94YGI WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans still prefer energy conservation over production. After dwindling in recent years, Americans’ long-standing preference for emphasizing conservation over production in U.S. energy policy has rebounded, now matching levels seen in prior years. Currently 57% of Americans say the U.S. should emphasize conservation in … Continue reading

The Decline of Public Support for State Climate Change Policies: 2008-2013

National Surveys on Energy and Environment http://closup.umich.edu/files/ieep-nsee-2013-fall-state-policy-options.pdf [Press Release] Public support for some state climate change policies such as increasing fossil fuel taxes has significantly declined in the past five years, according to a University of Michigan survey. Opposition to states increasing fossil fuel taxes as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions increased by … Continue reading