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12. Educating Students About Global Warming

12.1. Three in four registered voters say schools should teach children about global warming.

The Next Generation Science Standards for K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education in the United States recommend that climate change be included in school science curricula.

Three in four registered voters (75%) agree that schools should teach children about the causes and consequences of global warming, and potential solutions. This includes nearly all liberal and moderate/conservative Democrats (97% and 96% respectively), a large majority of liberal/moderate Republicans (73%), and about one in three conservative Republicans (37%).

This dot plot shows the percentage of registered voters, broken down by political party and ideology, who "strongly" or "somewhat" agree that schools should teach children about global warming. Three in four registered voters say schools should teach children 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.