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5. Fatalism

5.1. Few Americans think it is too late to do anything about global warming.

Six in ten Americans (60%) either “strongly” (33%) or “somewhat” (27%) disagree with the statement: “it’s already too late to do anything about global warming.” By contrast, relatively few Americans (13%) either “strongly” (4%) or “somewhat” (9%) agree with this statement.

This bar chart shows the percentage of Americans who think it is too late to do anything about global warming. Few Americans think it is too late to do anything about global warming. Data: Climate Change in the American Mind, Fall 2023. Refer to the data tables in Appendix 1 of the report for all percentages.

 

5.2. About half of Americans disagree with the statement “the actions of a single individual won’t make any difference in global warming.”

About half of Americans (53%) either “strongly” (18%) or “somewhat” (35%) disagree with the statement “the actions of a single individual won’t make any difference in global warming” (refer to data tables, p. 80), while 47% of Americans either “strongly” (18%) or “somewhat” (29%) agree that individual actions won’t make a difference.

This line graph shows the percentage of Americans over time since 2008 who agree or disagree with the statement "the actions of a single individual won't make any difference in global warming". About half of Americans disagree with the statement "the actions of a single individual won't make any difference in global warming". Data: Climate Change in the American Mind, Fall 2023. Refer to the data tables in Appendix 1 of the report for all percentages.