About the Climate Insights Survey
RFF works with Stanford University to conduct in-depth surveys of American perceptions of climate change and energy policies.
RFF's Climate Insights survey is the result of a longstanding polling partnership led by RFF University Fellow and Stanford University professor Jon Krosnick. Past polls have been featured in publications including the New York Times, LA Times, USA Today, ABC News, and elsewhere. Topics frequently surveyed include:
- How serious a problem is global warming for the United States and for the world?
- Are the President and members of Congress ascribing sufficient importance to the issue of global warming?
- Do Americans support government efforts to reduce greenhouse gases, such as higher taxes on electricity and gasoline, or tax breaks for companies that produce more renewable or clean energy?
2020 Survey Results
Methodology and Data
Past Survey Results
- Survey questions and answers: Public Attitudes on Global Warming 2018 (PDF)
- ABC News article: Public backs action on global warming - but with cost concerns and muted urgency
- Survey questions and answers: Global Warming National Poll 2015: Part III (PDF)
- New York Times article: Climate Change Is of Growing Personal Concern to US Hispanics, Poll Finds
- Survey questions and answers: Global Warming National Poll 2015: Part II (PDF)
- Background Material on Hispanic Attitudes toward Climate Change (PDF)
- New York Times article: Most Americans Support Government Action on Climate Change, Poll Finds
- New York Times interactive: Global Warming: What Should Be Done?
- Survey questions and answers: Global Warming National Poll 2015 (PDF)
- Press release: Public Opinion on Climate Remains Unchanged, According to New RFF Survey
- Survey questions and answers: Global Warming National Poll 2014 (PDF)
- USA Today article: Poll: Americans See Impact of Global Warming
- USA Today article: Poll: Slight Majority Backs Keystone Pipeline
- Common Resources blog post: RFF/Stanford/USA Today Poll Shows Majority Support for Regulating Power Plant GHG Emissions
- Infographic: Surveying American Attitudes Toward Climate Change
- Survey questions and answers: Global Warming and Clean Energy National Poll 2013 (PDF)
- Seminar: Public Attitudes about Climate Change and Clean Energy
- Seminar: Climate Change and Clean Energy—A Survey of US Public Attitudes