Research Roundup for June, 2019

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

  • Health care is the number one issue among Nevada Democrats in deciding how to vote in the upcoming presidential primary. Immigration and climate change come in second and third, respectively (Monmouth University, 2019).

  • Democrats of all ages are worried about climate change, but among Republicans there is a significant generational divide. Young Republicans are more likely to accept climate science and worry about climate change than older Republicans (Ballew et al., 2019).

  • Around half of voters have heard about the Green New Deal. Voters tend to say that what they have heard about it has been more negative than positive. This is particularly true among Fox News viewers, who are more likely than non-viewers to oppose the core components of the Green New Deal. When told about the details of the Green New Deal, more voters support the measure than oppose it (Data for Progress, 2019).

  • Americans living in the Southeast and, in particular, the Southwest are more worried about heat waves than Americans living in the Northeast and Midwest. Additionally, people living in poor communities and communities of color are more worried about heat waves than people in wealthier, whiter communities. Explore these findings using a new online tool (Howe, Marlon, Wang, & Leiserowitz, 2019).

  • Half of Americans say that fake news is a big problem. Americans tend to blame politicians and activists for fake news, but they believe that journalists have the biggest responsibility for addressing the problem. A majority of Americans say that fake news impacts our confidence in the government and each other (Pew Research, 2019).

  • Colorado residents who saw their communities damaged during a 2013 flood are more likely than residents whose communities were spared to believe that climate change is a problem. Seeing widespread flood damage had a bigger impact on their views of climate change than seeing their own homes harmed by floods (Albright & Crow, 2019).

  • Voters have generally positive views of electric cars. Four in 10 say they are somewhat or very likely to consider an EV for their next car. Most voters say that incentives like tax rebates, reduced tolls and priority parking would make them more likely to buy an electric car (Climate Nexus, Yale University, & George Mason University, 2019).

  • Eight in 10 Americans say that it is appropriate for corporations to speak out about climate change. This includes nine in 10 Democrats and six in 10 Republicans (Global Strategy Group, 2019).

  • After the 2017 March for Science and People’s Climate March, bystanders had more favorable views of marchers and felt more optimistic about Americans' ability to work together to curb climate change (Swim, Geiger, & Lengieza, 2019).

  • Republicans hold more favorable view of Republican climate activists than Democratic climate activists. Republicans also prefer moderate activists to their more radical counterparts. Democrats do not discriminate among climate activists (Stenhouse & Heinrich, 2019).

  • People are more like to support policies to address climate change if the advocate putting those policies forward has a small carbon footprint (Attari, Krantz, & Weber, 2019).

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