Tagged with Public Opinion Surveys

Carbon Taxes and the Affordability of Gasoline

University of Michigan http://www.umenergysurvey.com/assets/C-taxG-aff_12Sep2017.pdf Probing consumers’ thresholds for “pain at the pump” enables us to quantify how a carbon tax would affect American consumers’ feelings about the affordability of gasoline. The gasoline price that consumers say they would find unaffordable, in the sense of having to change how they travel or otherwise conduct their daily lives, … Continue reading

Climate Change and Disasters: How Framing Affects Justifications for Giving or Withholding Aid to Disaster Victims

Social Psychology and Personality Science  (June 16, 2015, doi: 10.1177/1948550615590448) / by Daniel A. Chapman and Brian Lickel http://spp.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/06/15/1948550615590448.full This research examined whether framing a natural disaster as the product of climate change impacts attitudes toward disaster victims and humanitarian relief. Participants (n = 211) read an article about a famine caused by severe droughts, … Continue reading

Yale Climate Opinion Maps

Yale University | Utah State University http://environment.yale.edu/poe/v2014/ (maps) http://environment.yale.edu/climate-communication/article/yale-climate-opinion-maps/ (site) [Slate] On Monday, researchers from Yale and Utah State University unveiled a new statistical technique that allows an in-depth accounting of Americans’ attitudes toward global warming. The resulting maps—down to the county level—reveal some interesting takeaways. First, Americans overwhelmingly agree that global warming is happening. Out of … Continue reading

Scientists Far More Negative on Fracking than the General Public

Public and Scientists’ Views on Science and Society Pew Research Center http://www.pewinternet.org/files/2015/01/PI_ScienceandSociety_Report_012915.pdf [State Impact] A new survey out this week from the Pew Research Center finds scientists have a more negative view of fracking than the general public. Among scientists, 31 percent favor the increased use of fracking, while a majority– 66 percent– are opposed. … Continue reading

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