Mapping Public Opinion About Climate Change Across the United States
Yale University researchers have created a data visualization depicting public opinion on climate change in the United States. The visualization uses survey data collected between 2008 and 2016 measuring public attitudes about climate change within each state, congressional district, county, and metropolitan area. Viewers can compare the results between these different regions, as well by response to each of the 16 survey questions researchers asked respondents about their beliefs, preferred policy solutions, and personal social behaviors regarding climate change. The visualization shows that 70 percent of Americans believe climate change is happening and will harm future generations, and that three-quarters of Americans support regulations on carbon emissions. But only 53 percent of Americans believing global warming is mostly caused by human activities, while 60 percent doubt climate change will personally affect them.