Data Visualization Climate Change Perceptions

Published on March 22nd, 2017 | by Matthew Beckwith


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.

Take a look.

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Matthew Beckwith

Matthew Beckwith is a policy fellow at the Center for Data Innovation. Previously, Matt worked as an analyst in the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence. Prior to that, he worked as an intern at the White House, as well as a speechwriting and policy intern on the O'Malley for President 2016 campaign. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston College.

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