Belief in Global Warming Among Americans Gradually Increases Following the Winter of 2015

Issues in Energy and Environmental Policy, No. 24, July 2015

12 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2015

See all articles by Christopher P. Borick

Christopher P. Borick

Muhlenberg College

Sarah Mills

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy

Barry G. Rabe

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Date Written: July 31, 2015

Abstract

In the wake of a memorable winter season in the United States that included both record cold and snow in the Northeast and historic warmth and drought in the West, American views regarding the existence of global warming have rebounded to the seven-year NSEE average, with 63% of Americans believing there is evidence of climate change. However, there are notable differences among Americans who think global warming is occurring and those who do not in terms of their perceptions of the weather that they experienced during the winter of 2015. In essence views on the existence of global warming appear related to individuals’ evaluations of the weather their area experienced last winter, with those expressing doubt in global warming more likely than their counterparts to identify the last winter season as colder than average. These are among the key findings of the latest version of the National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE).

Suggested Citation

Borick, Christopher P. and Mills, Sarah and Rabe, Barry G., Belief in Global Warming Among Americans Gradually Increases Following the Winter of 2015 (July 31, 2015). Issues in Energy and Environmental Policy, No. 24, July 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2651641

Christopher P. Borick

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Sarah Mills

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy ( email )

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Barry G. Rabe (Contact Author)

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy ( email )

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Ann Arbor, MI 48109
United States
734.615.9596 (Phone)

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