Climate Compared: Public Opinion on Climate Change in the United States & Canada


This report (click here) summarizes results drawn from national level surveys in the United States and Canada that examine public perceptions regarding various aspects of climate change.

Since 2008, the National Survey of American Public Opinion on Climate Change (NSAPOCC) has examined the perceptions and preferences of residents of the United States regarding their views on the existence of climate change and otential policy approaches to address global warming. In order to gain comparative perspective on climate change matters in Canada, the National Survey of Canadian Public Opinion accompanied the most recent version of the NSAPOCC on Climate Change (NSCPOCC).

This report (click here) provides insight into the evolution of American public opinion regarding climate matters while producing direct comparisons between the views of the American and Canadian publics on matters pertaining to climate change and its mitigation.

In Canada, 80 per cent believe in the science behind climate change, compared with 58 per cent in the United States.

Alex Wood of Sustainable Prosperity, a research and policy network at the University of Ottawa, says there’s a message there for the federal government.

“Canadians continue to believe in very high numbers that climate change is a significant issue,” Wood said. “They want to see federal leadership on the issue in terms of a policy regime that will set the course for Canada.”

Key findings and more (click here)

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One Response to Climate Compared: Public Opinion on Climate Change in the United States & Canada

  1. Handpicked says:

    You might be interested in this blog about recent studies of factors affecting public opinion on climate change
    http://cabiblog.typepad.com/hand_picked/2011/03/climate-of-changing-public-opinion.html

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