RFF's Surveying American Attitudes toward Climate Change and Clean Energy project 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?
The American people seem far more unified than our political leadership on the need to address climate change. As often happens, politicians would do well to catch up with the electorate.
- 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
Workshop/Seminar — Mar 11, 2014
Climate Change and Clean Energy—A Survey of US Public Attitudes
RFF presented additional results from a survey about Americans' attitudes on climate change and provide an in-depth discussion on what this could mean for climate policy in the United States.
Workshop/Seminar — Jan 28, 2014
Public Attitudes about Climate Change and Clean Energy
RFF and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) conducted a briefing discussing American perceptions of climate change following a new in-depth survey.