Reports

In 2014, the Center for Climate Change Communication partnered with the Climate Communication Consortium of Maryland and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on a mail survey of adult Marylanders on public health, energy and the environment. The topical... Read More
Download the PDF Americans Prefer Candidates Who Support Climate Change Action We find that registered voters are 2.5 times more likely to vote for a congressional or presidential candidate who supports action to reduce global warming. Further, registered voters are 3... Read More
  Climate change has serious consequences for human health - worldwide and in the United States. The health chapter of the 2014 National Climate Assessment concludes that there will be wide ranging health impacts from climate change in the United States, some of which are... Read More
The genesis of climate change activism: from key beliefs to political action by Connie Roser-Renouf, Edward W. Maibach, Anthony Leiserowitz and Xiaoquan Zhao. The article is available for free download here: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10584-014-1173-5... Read More
In Spring 2014, we conducted our latest national survey on Americans’ climate change and energy beliefs, attitudes, policy support, and behavior. The first report shows that of those Americans who think global warming is happening, nearly two in three (62%) say they are... Read More
In January 2014, we conducted a nationally representative experimental study and found that the terms global warming and climate change often mean different things to Americans. The two terms activate different sets of beliefs, feelings, and behaviors, as well as different... Read More
We are pleased to provide you with an adapted version of our chapter from the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Environment and Communication (2014), edited by Anders Hansen and Robbie Cox. In this chapter, we describe Global Warming's Six Americas – six unique audience... Read More
In Fall 2013, we conducted a national survey on Americans’ climate change and energy beliefs, attitudes, policy support, and behavior. The first report shows that there has been an increase in the proportion of Americans who believe global warming is not happening (23%, up... Read More
In Spring 2013, we conducted a national survey on Americans’ climate change and energy beliefs, attitudes, policy support, and behavior. The first report focuses on Americans' beliefs about extreme weather and climate change. We found that about six in ten Americans (58%)... Read More
In Summer 2013, we surveyed 2,126 Maryland residents on their attitudes, behaviors, and policy preferences regarding energy and climate change, and the implications of these issues for public health. By randomly sampling across each of the state’s four distinct geographical... Read More
This report presents findings from a telephone survey of 2,000 adult local TV news viewers about their perceptions of extreme weather in Virginia, knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and experiences with climate change, and a variety of related issues. The report can be... Read More
This report present findings from a survey mailed to over 2,000 adults about public perceptions and policy preferences regarding the health implications of energy choices and climate change in Maryland. The report can be downloaded here: Public health, energy and climate... Read More
This report synthesizes foundational knowledge from psychology and behavioral economics to develop recommendations for promoting the health and wellbeing of natural ecosystems. The focus is on behavioral interventions aimed at individuals, for which five “areas of... Read More
By pairing surveys and a public deliberative event with detailed household, neighborhood and county-level impacts data and visualization for sea-level rise associated coastal flooding and inundation, the Community Adaptation to Sea-Level Rise and Inundation project tested a... Read More
This short report is based on a January 2013 national survey of Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents. We found that they prefer clean energy as the basis of America’s energy future and say the benefits of clean energy, such as energy independence (66%) saving... Read More
This brief report draws upon data from a nationally representative survey conducted in September 2012 (Climate Change in the American Mind) and other research to investigate the question: On balance, will candidates for political office benefit or be harmed by talking about... Read More
In Fall 2012, we conducted a national survey on Americans’ climate change and energy beliefs, attitudes, policy support, and behavior. The first report focused on the 7% of voters who were undecided about the upcoming Presidential election.  The majority of these undecided... Read More
In our September 2012 Climate Change in the American Mind survey, we asked respondents to answer a series of questions about hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking" as the process is commonly known. This issue has proven to be very controversial in the U.S. and elsewhere in the... Read More
The following two reports are from a national study conducted to measure the public's trust in the general and climate science conducted by NASA and other members of the United States Global Change Research Program. The first report, Public Perceptions of NASA's Research... Read More
In November and December 2011, members of our research team conducted a study investigating the Indian public’s climate change awareness, beliefs, attitudes, policy support, and behaviors. A total of 4031 people, from both rural and urban areas, responded to the survey.... Read More
In March 2012, we conducted a national survey on Americans’ climate change and energy beliefs, attitudes, policy support, and behavior. The first report shows that a large majority of Americans say they personally experienced an extreme weather event or natural disaster in... Read More
We collaborated with the American Meteorological Society (AMS) to assess AMS members’ perspectives about climate change. Specifically, AMS hoped to learn its members' perspectives on a variety of issues pertaining to climate change including: their assessment of the... Read More
We produced several reports from a national survey on Americans' climate change and energy beliefs, attitudes, policy support, and behavior. The first report shows that despite the ongoing political polarization in Washington D.C., public support for a variety of climate... Read More
With funding from the National Science Foundation, we assessed TV weathercasters' views about their potential role as climate educators, and the resources that would be of most use to them in playing this role. You can download the report here. Read More
We produced four reports from a national survey on Americans' climate change and energy beliefs, attitudes, policy support, and behavior. The first report can be downloaded here:  Americans' Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in May 2011. The second report shows that... Read More
We produced four reports based on nationally representative survey of 1,024 American adults conducted between May 14th and June 1st, 2010.  This updates the reports we released in January. Overall, we find little change in Americans' climate and energy behaviors. We... Read More
We produced several reports based on a nationally representative survey of 1,001 American adults conducted in late December and early January 2010. Our first report indicates that public concern about global warming, and public trust in a range of information sources, has... Read More
Released in March 2009, Climate Change in the American Mind: Americans' Climate Change Beliefs, Attitudes, Policy Preferences, and Actions was based on a nationally representative survey of 2,164 American adults conducted in October 2008. This broad and a deep examination... Read More
4C and the National Ocean & Atmospheric Administration co-sponsored a dialogue among public opinion researchers and climate change communicators to informally assess the state of current knowledge about public and policymaker beliefs and attitudes about climate change,... Read More
With the National Association of City and County Health Officials and the Environmental Defense Fund, we conducted a national survey of local public health department directors to assess their perspectives about climate change. While almost 80% of public health department... Read More
With public relations agency Porter-Novelli, we conducted a large nationally representative survey of adults and teens to assess their perspectives about, and actions to reduce global warming. An important find was that while Republicans and Democrats may be far apart on... Read More
This report reveals that Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 are, for the most part, split on the issue of global warming and, on some indicators, relatively disengaged when compared to older generations. We invite you to dowload and read the full report. Read More
Our surveys of the public have shown that many Americans are looking to their local TV weathercasters for information about global warming. With funding from the National Science Foundation, we have been conducting research with America’s TV weathercasters to assess the... Read More
Television news directors are a critically important "gatekeeper" of climate change information in that more Americans get their news from TV - especially local TV news - than from any other news source, and news directors make the decision as to which stories will run, and... Read More
This communication primer was designed to help health professionals communicate effectively about the public health relevance of climate change and is  now available here at no cost. We encourage you to download and share it with public health officials in your community. Read More
This manual was developed to assist those interested in incorporating the Global Warming's Six Americas instrument into their own surveys, and performing the audience segmentation on their own data. The manual includes the short and long-form questionnaire items, and... Read More
This working paper examines the impact of Climategate on public perceptions of climate change and climate scientists, drawing on our national survey conducted in December, 2009 and January, 2010. In brief, we found that Climategate had a significant negative effect on... Read More

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