Survey Analysis Contradicts Common Climate Perceptions

It’s easy to assume people in “red” and “blue” states have very different ideologies regarding climate change. An analysis of surveys measuring Americans’ opinions about global warming-related issues tells a different story.

Jon Krosnick, a senior fellow with the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, presented the findings this morning to the congressional Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change in Washington, D.C.

Majorities of residents in every state surveyed said the government should limit greenhouse gas emissions by businesses and, in particular, by power plants, Krosnick said. Majorities also favored a cap-and-trade system to limit emissions; tax breaks to encourage the production of energy from the sun, wind and water; carbon sequestration; and government regulations or tax breaks to require or encourage improvements in the energy efficiency of automobiles, appliances and buildings. No state had a majority of residents opposed to any of those policies. CONT.

Terry Nagel, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment