Poll: Climate Alarm Continues to Grow

March 19, 2021

Yale Program on Climate Change Communication:

Over the past five years, the U.S. population as a whole has shifted towards the Alarmedsegment. In October 2015, the Alarmed (17%) outnumbered the Dismissive (10%) by seven percentage points. As of December 2020, however, the Alarmed outnumber the Dismissive by more than 3 to 1 (26% vs. 8%), representing a major shift in these two “issue publics” most engaged with the issue of global warming and reflecting a deeper change in the political climate of climate change.

While only four percent of the Alarmed and one percent of the Concerned say they are currently participating in a campaign to convince elected officials to take action to reduce global warming, more than half of the Alarmed (58%) and about one in three of the Concerned (35%) say they either definitely or probably would participate in such a campaign.

About three in ten Americans, including about half or more of the Alarmed, say they would, if asked by a person they like and respect, volunteer their time to an organization working on global warming (31%), donate money to an organization working on global warming (30%), write letters, email, or phone government officials about global warming (30%), or meet with an elected official or their staff about global warming (28%).
If asked by someone they like and respect, one in four Americans (25%), including about half of the Alarmed (48%) definitely or probably would support an organization engaging in non-violent civil disobedience (e.g., sit-ins, blockades, or trespassing) against corporate or government activities that make global warming worse. Fifteen percent of Americans, including 31% of the Alarmed, say they definitely or probably would personally engage in non-violent civil disobedience.

One Response to “Poll: Climate Alarm Continues to Grow”

  1. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    I shift in and out of the “Resigned” category (not shown in chart).

    Even converting my single house to switch to all electric appliances (tossing my gas furnace, stovetop and water heaters) is a hassle, and I can afford it. Six and a half years after buying an EV and none of my friends or family are yet willing to convert. It’s disheartening.

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