American Opinions on Global Warming
14 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2010 Last revised: 16 Apr 2010
Date Written: 2003
Anthony Leiserowitz and the University of Oregon Survey Research Laboratory (OSRL) conducted a national survey entitled “American Opinions on Global Warming” between November 2002 and February 2003 (n=673).
This research found that of those Americans who have heard of global warming (92%):
• Over 90% think the United States should reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.
• A strong majority (77%) support government regulation of carbon dioxide as a pollutant and investment in renewable energy (71%).
• A strong majority (88%) support the Kyoto Protocol and (76%) want the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions regardless of what other countries do.
• While a majority favor a tax on "gas guzzlers" (54%), strong majorities oppose a gasoline tax (78%) or a business energy tax (60%) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
• They divide evenly (40%) regarding a market-based emissions trading system, while 18% are uncertain.
• Democrats and Liberals express stronger support for climate change policies than Republicans and Conservatives.
• Independents and Moderates show levels of support more similar to Democrats and Liberals than to Republicans and Conservatives.
• Nonetheless, majorities of Republicans and Conservatives support most climate change policies.
Keywords: Global warming, climate change, public opinion, United States
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