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Climate Change in the American Mind: Politics & Policy, Spring 2023


6. Collective Efficacy

6.1. About half of Americans are confident they can affect what the federal government and corporations do about global warming.

Perceived collective efficacy regarding global warming – the belief that like-minded citizens can work together to influence what government and business leaders do about global warming – is an important motivator for individuals to take collective action.Bandura, A. (2000). Exercise of human agency through collective efficacy. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 9, 75-78. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8721.00064 About half of registered voters (51%) are at least “moderately confident” that people like them, working together, can affect what the federal government does about global warming. Many registered voters (47%) are also at least “moderately confident” that people like them, working together, can affect what corporations do about global warming.

Liberal Democrats have the highest perceptions of collective efficacy regarding global warming, while conservative Republicans have the lowest perceptions of collective efficacy, although that may in part be because they are less likely to support action on global warming overall.

This dot plot shows the percentage of registered voters, broken down by political party and ideology, who are "extremely," "very," or "moderately" confident that people can work together to influence what the federal government and corporations do about global warming. About half of Americans are confident they can affect what the federal government and corporations do about global warming. Data: Climate Change in the American Mind, Spring 2023. Refer to the data tables in Appendix 1 of the report for all percentages.