This fact sheet provides information on climate change polling in the United States over the last year from a variety of sources. Overall the studies show:
- The American public's concern about climate change, while still below 2007 levels, is on the rise nationwide.
- This trend holds across party lines, with greater numbers of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans viewing this as a serious issue that will affect them in their lifetimes.
- Additionally, more are convinced that global warming is caused by human activities rather than natural causes.
- Higher percentages of minorities say climate change is happening and support the president taking steps to address the issue.
- While a majority of Americans support the increased deployment of clean and renewable energy and regulation of power plant emissions, support remains weak for a carbon tax or cap-and-trade measures.