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Pew Research Center/USA Today. Aug. 20-24, 2014. N=1,501 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

             

"I'd like your opinion about some possible international concerns for the U.S. Do you think that global climate change is a major threat, a minor threat or not a threat to the well being of the United States?"

 
    Major
threat
Minor
threat
Not a
threat
Unsure/
Refused
 
    % % % %  
 

ALL

48 30 20 3  
 

Republicans

25        
 

Democrats

68        
 

Independents

44        

 

Quinnipiac University. June 24-30, 2014. N=1,446 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error 2.6.

             

"In an effort to reduce global warming, do you think the federal government should limit the release of greenhouse gases from existing power plants, or don't you think so?"

 
    Should
limit
Don't
think so
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

58 30 13    
 

Republicans

38 47 15    
 

Democrats

76 13 11    
 

Independents

58 32 10    
 

18-29 years old

74 21 5    
 

30-49

64 24 12    
 

50-64

52 37 12    
 

65 & older

46 35 19    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). June 11-15, 2014. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"From what you know about global climate change or global warming, which one of the following statements comes closest to your opinion? Global climate change has been established as a serious problem, and immediate action is necessary. There is enough evidence that climate change is taking place and some action should be taken. We don't know enough about global climate change, and more research is necessary before we take any actions. Concern about global climate change is unwarranted." Options rotated

 
    Immediate
action
Some
action
More
research
Concern
unwarranted
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

6/11-15/14

31 30 24 13 2
 

12/11-14/09

23 31 29 12 5
 

10/22-25/09

29 27 29 13 2
 

1/17-20/07

34 30 25 8 3
 

6/9-12/06

29 30 28 9 4
 

7/24-26/99

23 28 32 11 6
             

"Would you approve or disapprove of a proposal that would require companies to reduce greenhouse gases that cause global warming, even if it would mean higher utility bills for consumers to pay for the changes?"

 
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/11-15/14

57 39 4    
 

10/22-25/09

48 43 9    
 

4/23-26/09

53 40 7    
             

"Now, as you may know, President Obama has directed the Environmental Protection Agency, known as the EPA for short, to set strict carbon dioxide emission limits on existing coal-fired power plants with a goal to reduce emissions significantly by the year 2030. Do you support or oppose this policy?"

 
    Support Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/11-15/14

67 29 4    
             

"When it comes to the new limits on carbon dioxide emissions being set by the Obama administration and the EPA, which comes closer to your point of view?

"Supporters say action is needed because coal plants are a major source of carbon pollution. These reductions will mean cleaner air and reduce the health care costs associated with asthma and respiratory diseases by billions of dollars. Significantly lowering carbon pollution is the critical step in addressing climate change and the natural disasters and property damage it causes. These reductions will help create a new generation of clean energy and jobs.

"Opponents say coal plant carbon emissions have already dropped over the last decade and this action will mean fewer jobs. The compliance costs for electric companies will be three times more expensive than any current EPA regulation, which means higher prices. Consumers and businesses will both end up paying more for electricity. These regulations will mean only a small change to the global climate as carbon emissions in China, India, and other developing countries will continue to rise."
Options rotated

 
    Supporters Opponents Mixed
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/11-15/14

53 39 2 6  

 

Bloomberg National Poll conducted by Selzer & Company. June 6-9, 2014. N=1,005 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.1.

             

"Do you believe climate change is a major threat, a minor threat, or no real threat?"

 
    A major
threat
A minor
threat
No real
threat
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/6-9/14

46 27 24 3  
             

"Given the U.S. government set new federal policies about climate change, what do you feel is the right timing? It is already too late. This should be done within 10 years at the least. This can wait longer than 10 years from now."

 
    Already
too late
Within
10 years
Longer than
10 years
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/6-9/14

17 50 25 8  
             

"Does a candidate's support for government action to address climate change make you more likely or less likely to vote for the candidate?"

 
    More
likely
Less
likely
Wouldn't
matter (vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/6-9/14

51 26 19 4  
             

"Addressing climate change will mean more spending and potentially higher costs for consumers with the goal of reducing air pollution and preventing further damaging changes in climate. Are you willing or unwilling to pay more for energy if air pollution from carbon emissions could be reduced?"

 
    Willing Unwilling Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/6-9/14

62 33 5    
             

"One of the goals of the new air quality standards President Obama recently announced would be to reduce asthma and other respiratory diseases which are linked to carbon emissions. Which do you think is the more likely outcome -- that the new standards will have significant impact or will have no real impact on the number of cases of asthma and other respiratory diseases?"

 
    Significant
impact
No real
impact
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/6-9/14

36 53 11    
             

"Which of the following better reflects your view on climate change? I trust what scientists say when they warn about climate change. I think scientists manipulate their findings for political reasons." Options rotated

 
    I trust
scientists
Scientists
manipulate
their findings
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/6-9/14

48 43 9    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. May 29-June 1, 2014. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Thinking about the issue of global warming, also known as climate change, do you think this is a serious problem facing this country, or not a serious problem?"

 
    Serious Not serious Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/29 - 6/1/14

69 29 2    
             

"Do you think the federal government should or should not limit the release of greenhouse gases from existing power plants in an effort to reduce global warming?" Half sample

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

ALL

70 21 8    
 

Democrats

78 11 11    
 

Republicans

63 31 6    
 

Independents

69 24 7    
             

"Do you think the federal government should or should not require states to limit the amount of greenhouse gases produced within their borders, in an effort to reduce global warming? The states could make their own plans how to comply." Half sample

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/29 - 6/1/14

70 22 8    
             

"What if that significantly lowered greenhouse gases but raised your monthly energy expenses by 20 dollars a month? In that case do you think the government should or should not limit the release of greenhouse gases?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

5/29 - 6/1/14

63 33 4    

 

CBS News Poll. May 16-19, 2014. N=1,009 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.

             

"Which statement comes closest to your view about global warming? Global warming is caused mostly by human activity such as burning fossil fuels. Global warming is caused mostly by natural patterns in the earth's environment. OR, Global warming does not exist."

 
    Mostly
human
activity
Mostly
natural
patterns
It does
not exist
Caused by
both (vol.)
Don't know
what causes
it/Unsure
    % % % % %
 

5/16-19/14

49 33 11 3 3
 

Republicans

27 49 20 1 3
 

Democrats

67 23 4 3 3
 

Independents

47 32 12 5 3
 
 

2/19-23/14

46 34 14 3 4
             

"Do you think global warming is an environmental problem that is causing a serious impact now, or do you think the impact of global warming won't happen until sometime in the future, or do you think global warming won't have a serious impact at all?"

 
    Impact
now
Impact in
the future
No serious
impact
Doesn't exist
(vol.)/Unsure/
No answer
 
    % % % %  
 

5/16-19/14

46 31 20 4  
 

2/6-10/13

49 28 19 5  
 

3/11

49 25 16 10  
 

4/5-12/10

38 29 24 9  
 

12/4-8/09

37 33 23 7  
 

2/2-4/09

43 30 19 8  
             

"How concerned are you about global warming: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not concerned at all?"

 
    Very
concerned
Somewhat
concerned
Not too
concerned
Not concerned
at all
Unsure/
No answer
    % % % % %
 

5/16-19/14

32 34 16 17 1

 

Gallup Poll. March 6-9, 2014. N=1,048 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"How would you rate the overall quality of the environment in this country today -- as excellent, good, only fair, or poor?"

 
    Excellent Good Only fair Poor Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/6-9/14

5 39 44 11 -
 

3/7-10/13

7 41 43 8 -
 

3/8-11/12

6 38 45 10 1
 

3/3-6/11

7 38 43 11 -
 

3/4-7/10

4 42 44 9 1
             

"Right now, do you think the quality of the environment in the country as a whole is getting better or getting worse?"

 
    Getting
better
Getting
worse
Same
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/6-9/14

42 50 6 2  
 

3/7-10/13

41 49 7 4  
 

3/8-11/12

42 49 7 2  
 

3/3-6/11

42 48 8 2  
 

3/4-7/10

41 48 8 3  
             

"With which one of these statements about the environment and the economy do you most agree? Protection of the environment should be given priority, even at the risk of curbing economic growth. OR, Economic growth should be given priority, even if the environment suffers to some extent." Options rotated

 
    Protection
of the
environment
Economic
growth
Equal
priority
(vol.)
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/6-9/14

50 41 4 5  
 

3/7-10/13

43 48 4 5  
 

3/8-11/12

41 49 6 4  
 

3/3-6/11

36 54 6 4  
 

5/24-25/10

50 43 4 3  
 

3/4-7/10

38 53 4 5  
 

3/5-8/09

42 51 5 3  
 

3/6-9/08

49 42 5 3  
             

"Which of the following statements reflects your view of when the effects of global warming will begin to happen? They have already begun to happen. They will start happening within a few years. They will start happening within your lifetime. They will not happen within your lifetime, but they will affect future generations. OR, They will never happen." Options rotated

 
    Already
happening
Within a
few years
Within your
lifetime
Future
generations
Never
    % % % % %
 

3/6-9/14

54 3 8 16 18
 

3/7-10/13

54 3 9 15 15
             

"And from what you have heard or read, do you believe increases in the Earth's temperature over the last century are due more to the effects of pollution from human activities, or natural changes in the environment that are not due to human activities?" Options rotated

 
    Human
activities
Natural
changes
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/6-9/14

57 40 3    
 

3/7-10/13

57 39 4    
 

3/8-11/12

53 41 6    
 

3/3-6/11

52 43 5    
 

3/4-7/10

50 46 5    
             

"Do you think that global warming will pose a serious threat to you or your way of life in your lifetime?"

 
    Yes No Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/6-9/14

36 64 1    
 

3/7-10/13

34 64 1    

 

Pew Research Center. March 13-17, 2013. N=1,501 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

             

"From what you've read and heard, is there solid evidence that the average temperature on earth has been getting warmer over the past few decades, or not?" If yes: "Do you believe that the earth is getting warmer mostly because of human activity such as burning fossil fuels, or mostly because of natural patterns in the earth's environment?" Options rotated

 
    Yes: Human
activity
Yes: Natural
patterns
Yes: Don't
know why
No Mixed (vol.)/
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/13-17/13

42 23 4 27 5
 

10/4-7/12

42 19 6 26 7
 

11/9-14/11

38 18 6 28 9
 

2/22 - 3/1/11

36 18 5 34 7
 

10/13-18/10

34 18 6 32 9
 

9/30 - 10/4/09

36 16 6 33 10
             

"In your view, is global warming a very serious problem, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not a problem?"

 
    Very
serious
Somewhat
serious
Not too
serious
Not a
problem
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/13-17/13

33 32 13 20 2
 

10/4-7/12

39 25 14 19 3
 

11/9-14/11

38 27 16 17 2
 

10/13-18/10

32 31 16 18 3
 

9/30 - 10/4/09

35 30 15 17 3

 

Gallup Poll. March 7-10, 2013. N=1,022 adults nationwide. Margin of error 4.

             

"Do you think the U.S. government is doing too much, too little, or about the right amount in terms of protecting the environment?"

 
    Too much Too little About right Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/7-10/13

16 47 35 2  
 

3/8-11/12

17 51 30 2  
 

3/3-6/11

16 49 33 2  
 

3/4-7/10

15 46 35 4  
 

3/13-16/06

4 62 33 1  
 

3/7-10/05

5 58 34 3  
 

3/8-11/04

5 55 37 3  
 

3/3-5/03

7 51 37 5  
 

4/3-9/00

10 58 30 2  
 

1/5 - 3/31/92

4 68 26 2  
             

"With which one of these statements about the environment and energy production do you most agree? Protection of the environment should be given priority, even at the risk of limiting the amount of energy supplies -- such as oil, gas and coal -- which the United States produces. OR, Development of U.S. energy supplies -- such as oil, gas and coal -- should be given priority, even if the environment suffers to some extent." Options rotated

 
    Protection
of the
environment
Development
of energy
supplies
Equally/
Both (vol.)
Neither/
Other (vol.)
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/7-10/13

45 46 3 3 3
 

3/8-11/12

44 47 3 2 4
 

3/3-6/11

41 50 4 1 4
 

5/24-25/10

55 39 3 1 2
 

3/4-7/10

43 50 2 2 3
 

3/5-8/09

47 46 3 1 3
 

3/6-9/08

50 41 4 2 3
 

3/11-14/07

58 34 3 2 3
 

3/13-16/06

49 42 4 2 3
 

3/7-10/05

52 39 4 2 3
 

3/8-11/04

48 44 3 1 4
 

3/3-5/03

49 40 5 2 4
 

3/4-7/02

52 40 3 2 3
 

3/5-7/01

52 36 6 2 4
             

"I'm going to read you a list of environmental problems. As I read each one, please tell me if you personally worry about this problem a great deal, a fair amount, only a little, or not at all.

 

"How much do you personally worry about pollution of drinking water?"

 
    A great
deal
A fair
amount
Only a
little
Not
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/7-10/13

53 26 14 6 -
             

"How much do you personally worry about contamination of soil and water by toxic waste?"

 
    A great
deal
A fair
amount
Only a
little
Not
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/7-10/13

46 29 18 7 -
             

"How much do you personally worry about pollution of rivers, lakes, and reservoirs?"

 
    A great
deal
A fair
amount
Only a
little
Not
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/7-10/13

46 32 16 6 -
             

"How much do you personally worry about air pollution?"

 
    A great
deal
A fair
amount
Only a
little
Not
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/7-10/13

40 30 20 9 -
             

"How much do you personally worry about the loss of tropical rain forests?"

 
    A great
deal
A fair
amount
Only a
little
Not
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/7-10/13

37 27 23 13 1
             

"How much do you personally worry about extinction of plant and animal species?"

 
    A great
deal
A fair
amount
Only a
little
Not
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/7-10/13

35 29 22 13 -
             

"How much do you personally worry about climate change?"

 
    A great
deal
A fair
amount
Only a
little
Not
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/7-10/13

33 24 23 20 -
             

"How much do you personally worry about global warming?"

 
    A great
deal
A fair
amount
Only a
little
Not
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/7-10/13

33 25 20 23 -
             

"How much do you personally worry about urban sprawl and loss of open spaces?"

 
    A great
deal
A fair
amount
Only a
little
Not
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

3/7-10/13

26 28 29 17 -
             

"Next, thinking about the issue of global warming, how well do you feel you understand this issue? Would you say very well, fairly well, not very well, or not at all?"

 
    Very
well
Fairly
well
Not
very well
Not
at all
 
    % % % %  
 

3/7-10/13

27 52 18 3  
             

"Thinking about what is said in the news, in your view is the seriousness of global warming generally exaggerated, generally correct, or is it generally underestimated?" Options rotated

 
    Generally
exaggerated
Generally
correct
Generally under-
estimated
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/7-10/13

41 24 33 2  
             

"Just your impression, which one of the following statements do you think is most accurate? Most scientists believe that global warming is occurring. Most scientists believe that global warming is NOT occurring. OR, Most scientists are unsure about whether global warming is occurring or not."

 
    Is
occurring
Not
occurring
Are
unsure
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

3/7-10/13

62 6 28 4  
             

"Which comes closer to your view? It is possible to take specific actions that will slow down the effects of global warming. OR, The effects of global warming are part of a natural process that can't be altered." Options rotated

 
    Possible to
take action
Process that
can't be
altered
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

3/7-10/13

56 40 5    

 

Pew Research Center/USA Today. Feb. 13-18, 2013. N=1,504 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.9.

             

"Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose, or strongly oppose setting stricter emission limits on power plants in order to address climate change?"

 
    Strongly
favor
Favor Oppose Strongly
oppose
Unsure/
Refused
    % % % % %
 

2/13-18/13

28 33 18 10 10

 

CNN/ORC Poll. Jan. 14-15, 2013. N=814 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Which of the following statements comes closest to your view of global warming? Global warming is a proven fact and is mostly caused by emissions from cars and industrial facilities such as power plants and factories. Global warming is a proven fact and is mostly caused by natural changes that have nothing to do with emissions from cars and industrial facilities. Global warming is a theory that has not yet been proven."

 
    Fact: Cars,
industry
Fact: Natural
changes
An unproven
theory
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

1/14-15/13

49 24 23 3  
 

9/9-11/11

48 22 29 1  
 

12/2-3/09

45 23 31 1  
 

6/4-5/08

54 22 23 1  
 

10/12-14/07

56 21 21 2  
 

5/4-6/07

54 20 22 4  

 

United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Jan. 10-13, 2013. N=1,001 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.7.

             

"As you may know, federal officials reported recently that 2012 was the warmest year in history for the United States. They also reported that the 10 warmest years ever have all occurred within the past 15 years. Do you think these records are more likely the result of changes in the climate related to the burning of fossil fuels OR are more likely the result of factors like random weather variation?"

 
    Fossil
fuels
Random
variation
Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

1/10-13/13

39 50 11    

 

AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. Nov. 29-Dec. 3, 2012. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.9.

             

"How much do you trust the things that scientists say about the environment: completely, a lot, a moderate amount, a little, or not at all?"

 
    Completely A lot A moderate
amount
A little Not at all
    % % % % %
 

11/29 - 12/3/12

12 19 36 21 11
             

"What is your personal opinion? Do you think that the world's temperature probably has been going up over the past 100 years, or do you think this probably has not been happening?"

 
    Has been Has not
been
Unsure    
    % % %    
 

11/29 - 12/3/12

78 18 5    
             

"If nothing is done to reduce global warming in the future, how serious of a problem do you think it will be for THE UNITED STATES: very serious, somewhat serious, not so serious, or not serious at all?"

 
    Very
serious
Somewhat
serious
Not so
serious
Not serious
at all
Unsure
    % % % % %
 

11/29 - 12/3/12

49 31 9 9 2
             

"How much do you think the U.S. government should do about global warming: a great deal, quite a bit, some, a little, or nothing?"

 
    A great
deal
Quite
a bit
Some A little Nothing
    % % % % %
 

11/29 - 12/3/12

35 22 20 9 13
             

"Do you think that the United States doing things to reduce global warming in the future would hurt the U.S. economy, would help the economy, or would have no effect on the U.S. economy?"

 
    Hurt Help Have no
effect
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

11/29 - 12/3/12

25 46 22 7  

 

United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Nov. 8-11, 2012. N=1,000 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.7.

             

"Scientists have linked emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases to global climate change. Do you believe that global climate change is increasing the likelihood that the U.S. will be hit by storms such as Hurricane Sandy which recently caused major damage along the East Coast?"

 
    Yes No Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

11/8-11/12

57 34 8    
             
 

Asked of those who answered "Yes":
"Has the hurricane made you believe that Congress and the President should address climate change more urgently even if it means enacting regulations that some say could raise the cost of electricity and other energy?"

 
    Yes No Unsure/
Refused
   
    % % %    
 

11/8-11/12

74 20 6    

 

Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation Poll. July 25-Aug. 5, 2012. N=3,130 adults nationwide. Margin of error 2.

             

"Do you think the federal government should or should not regulate the release of greenhouse gases from sources like power plants, cars and factories in an effort to reduce global warming?"

 
    Should Should not Unsure    
    % % %    
 

7/25 - 8/5/12

74 21 5    

 

Washington Post Poll. June 14-17, 2012. N=1,002 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.

             

"Compared to 10 or so years ago, do you think the natural environment in the world today is better, worse, or about the same?"

 
    Better Worse About
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/14-17/12

10 58 31 2  
 

6/07

11 61 28 0  
 

3/06

13 60 27 -  
             

"Over this period of time, do you think human activity had a mostly positive or mostly negative effect on the natural environment?" Options rotated

 
    Positive Negative Unsure    
    % % %    
 

6/14-17/12

26 66 8    
             

"Thinking ahead to 10 or so years from now, do you think the natural environment in the world will be better, worse, or about the same?"

 
    Better Worse About
the same
Unsure  
    % % % %  
 

6/14-17/12

19 40 38 3  
 

6/07

18 54 27 1  
 

3/06

21 55 23 1  

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