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Climate Change in the American Mind: March, 2016


4. Talking and Hearing about Global Warming

4.1. Three in ten Americans discuss global warming with family and friends “often” or “occasionally.”

Thirty-one percent of Americans say they discuss global warming with family and friends at least occasionally, while most say they rarely or never discuss it (69%). These numbers have remained fairly stable for the past five years.

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4.2. Fewer than half of Americans hear about global warming in the media or from people they know at least once a month.

About one in five Americans say they hear about global warming in the media at least once a week (22%), and another one in five say they hear about it at least once a month (22%). About one in six (15%) say they hear about global warming in the media no more often than once a year, if ever.

Most Americans (68%) say they hear people they know talking about global warming no more often than several times a year if ever.

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