Research Roundup for May, 2017

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

  • Just 11 percent of registered voters give President Trump an A grade for his handling of climate change, while 32 percent give him an F (Morning Consult & Politico, 2017).
  • Six in 10 Americans oppose Trump's proposed EPA cuts. The same number believe the United States should stay in the Paris Agreement. Only one in five believe environmental regulations cost the United States jobs (Politico & Harvard, 2017).
  • Majorities of Americans in every state support the Paris Agreement (Marlon, Fine, & Leiserowitz, 2017).
  • Six in 10 Americans support a tax on carbon pollution. Two in three believe revenue from such a tax should be used to fund clean-energy research. A much smaller proportion believe the revenue should be returned to taxpayers or used to pay down the national debt (EcoAmerica, 2017).
  • People who think climate change won't affect them are less likely to support adaptation measures (e.g. sea walls, emergency planning, etc.). Policymakers should emphasize that climate change is hurting Americans right now and that adaptation measures will help protect people (Singh, Zwickle, Bruskotter, & Wilson, 2017).
  • When people believe their actions will have no impact on climate change, they are less likely to conserve energy (Salomon, Preston, & Tannenbaum, 2017).
  • New research suggests Pope Francis's encyclical on climate change did not make Americans feel more concerned about the issue. However, those who are aware of the encyclical, particularly liberals, are more likely to see the pope as a credible source for information about climate change (Landrum, Lull, Akin, Hasell, & Jamieson, 2017).


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