A new scientific study reveals for the first time what the world thinks about climate change and why. Using data from the 2007-2008 Gallup World Poll, conducted in 119 countries, we identified the factors that most influence climate change awareness and risk perception for 90 percent of the world's population. The contrast between developed and developing countries is striking.
On October 23rd, President Obama’s signature climate change program The Clean Power Plan was entered into the Federal Register. Almost immediately, 26 US states sued to stop the policy, which sets strict limits on coal-fired power plants. However, according to our model of state-level public opinion (Yale Climate Opinion Maps, 2014), across all 26 suing states, only 38% of the public on average opposes the policy.