Climate Change in the Minds of U.S. News Audiences

Report Summary



This report is an analysis of public opinion about climate change among the regular U.S. audience (American adults who frequently watch, read, or listen to the content) of each of six major U.S. news sources: CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, the Weather Channel, and the national nightly network news (on CBS, ABC, or NBC). The findings in this report are based on data from three nationally representative surveys conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication in April 2019, November 2019, and April 2020 (total N = 3,623) as part of the Climate Change in the American Mind project. The research was funded by the 11th Hour Project, the Energy Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation.