Most Support Action on Climate Change

Poll shows 79% of state citizens believe in climate change and 86% want greenhouse gases regulated.

By , Great Lakes Echo - Jan 31st, 2014 01:55 pm
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Stanford University recently conducted nationwide public opinion surveys about climate change. Among other questions, respondents were asked if global warming had been happening and if they believed the government should regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

One might assume that these numbers, wherever they may fall, would be fairly close together. But that wasn’t the case.

Strangely enough, there were instances of states with noticeable disparities – people who want greenhouse gases regulated but don’t believe they cause climate change, and people who believe in climate change but do not want to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

The Great Lakes states were no exception:

  • Ohio believes strongly in regulating greenhouse gases, but not so much in what they’re doing to the environment. At 75 percent, Ohio tied Idaho for the lowest percent of residents who believe global warming is happening. Yet Ohio had one of the highest numbers of residents who wanted government regulations, at 83 percent.
  • Wisconsin was the other Great Lakes state echoing that sentiment, with 79 percent of respondents believing in climate change and 86 percent wanting the government to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Minnesota and Pennsylvania both showed the highest disparities, both at 11 percentage points. In Minnesota, 82 percent of respondents believed in climate change, but only 71 percent were in favor of government regulations on greenhouse gases. Pennsylvania’s numbers were 79 percent and 68 percent, respectively.

Here are all of the percentages (from highest to lowest) of people in each Great Lakes state who answered “yes” to the question: Has global warming been happening?

New York – 84 percent
Minnesota – 82 percent
Illinois – 82 percent
Indiana – 79 percent
Pennsylvania – 79 percent
Wisconsin – 79 percent
Michigan – 77 percent
Ohio – 75 percent

Here are the percentages (from highest to lowest) of people in each Great Lakes state who answered “yes” to the question: Should government limit greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. businesses?

Wisconsin – 86 percent
Ohio – 83 percent
New York – 79 percent
Illinois – 77 percent
Indiana – 73 percent
Michigan – 70 percent
Minnesota – 71 percent
Pennsylvania – 68 percent

This map shows the percentage of Americans who think global warming has been happening. Photo: Stanford Geospatial Center.

This map shows the percentage of Americans who think global warming has been happening. Photo: Stanford Geospatial Center.

To look at any state’s answers to these and similar questions click here for the full report. Data is unavailable for Alaska, Hawaii, North Dakota, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia.

This story was originally published by Great Lakes Echo.

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One thought on “Most Support Action on Climate Change”

  1. Ben says:

    Interesting article, but the graphic is confusing. Wisconsin and Pennsylvania apparently both have the same proportion of people who think global warming is happening, yet they are different colors. Also, according to the legend, states in which 75-77% of the population thinks global warming is happening are supposed to be a different color than states in which 78-79% of the population thinks is global warming is happening. In Wisconsin, the figure is 79%, and in Michigan, it is 77%, yet the two states are the same color. I’m not trying to be critical, but I do care about global warming, and would be unhappy if mistakes like this confuse people about the issue.

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