Americans’ Global Warming Beliefs and Attitudes in June 2010

Report Summary

A national survey of Americans’ global warming beliefs and attitudes. The survey was fielded from May 14 to June 1, 2010 with a nationally representative sample of 1,024 adults, using the online research panel of Knowledge Networks.

The report includes measures of public global warming beliefs, risk perceptions, personal importance, information needs, trust in different information sources, attitudes towards individual action, and how these have changed since January, 2010 and November, 2008. A few highlights and changes since January, 2010:

  • Belief that global warming is happening rose four points, to 61 percent.
  • Belief that it is caused mostly by human activities rose three points, to 50 percent.
  • The number of Americans who worry about global warming rose three points, to 53 percent.
  • The number of Americans who said that the issue is personally important to them rose five points, to 63 percent.