Research Roundup for December, 2016

Highlights from recent research on the science of climate change communication:

  • Nine in 10 U.S. Latinos are concerned about climate change and believe the United States should meet its commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement. Eight in 10 believe the U.S. should move to 100 percent clean energy by 2050 (Sierra Club, 2016).
  • U.S. Latinos respond to climate messages that emphasize health, culture and community. Talk about our responsibility to our children and our communities to reduce pollution and transition to clean energy (EcoAmerica, 2016). 
  • Seven in 10 Americansincluding majorities of Democrats and Republicansbelieve the United States should participate in the Paris Climate Agreement (The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, 2016).
  • Most Trump voters want to maintain existing climate policies. Most support requiring U.S. companies to reduce their carbon emissions (Glover Park Group, 2016).
  • Three in four Trump voters want to speed the deployment of clean energy in the United States (Public Opinion Strategies, 2016).
Republican voters associate these words with the term "clean energy."

Republican voters associate these words with the term "clean energy."

  • Majorities of Democrats and Republicans believe the government should curb carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, fund clean-energy research, offer tax rebates for electric cars and solar panels, and eliminate subsidies for coal, oil and natural gas. Roughly half of  registered voters believe policies to spur the growth of clean energy will create jobs (Leiserowitz, Maibach, Roser-Renouf, Rosenthal, & Cutler, 2016).
  • Roughly six in 10 Americans say environmental regulations are worth the cost (Pew Research, 2016).
  • Just three in ten Americans believe that climate scientists understand the causes of climate change "very well" (Pew Research, 2016).
  • Scientific information about global warming has little impact on public opinion. Climate advocacy efforts, elite opinion and local weather conditions play a far larger role in shaping public concern about climate change (Carmichael & Brulle, 2016).
  • People who live in areas afflicted by record-breaking heat are more likely to recognize the climate is changing. The opposite is true for those who live in areas hit by record-breaking cold (Kaufman et al., 2016).
  • Conservatives respond to messages focused on the pastmessages that show how environmental action would return nature to its previously unblemished state (Baldwin & Lammers, 2016).

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