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Climate Change in the American Mind, March 2021


5. Efficacy Beliefs

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

Only 12% of Americans either “strongly” (3%) or “somewhat” (9%) agree with the statement “it’s already too late to do anything about global warming.” In contrast, about six in ten Americans (63%) are more optimistic – they either “strongly” (38%) or “somewhat” (25%) disagree that it’s already too late to do anything about global warming.

 

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

Four in ten Americans (40%) either “strongly” (16%) or “somewhat” (24%) agree with the statement “the actions of a single individual won’t make any difference in global warming.” In contrast, about six in ten Americans (60%) either “strongly” (21%) or “somewhat” (38%) disagree that individual actions won’t make a difference.

 

5.3. A majority of Americans do not agree that new technologies can solve global warming without individual action.

Many Americans (45%) either “strongly” or “somewhat” agree that “new technologies can solve global warming without individuals having to make big changes in their lives,” while 54% of Americans either “strongly” or “somewhat” disagree.