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February 26 2014

New Poll: Americans Will Act on Climate, If Their Peers and Leaders Ask Them To

By path2positive

A new polling report released this month, "American Actions to Limit Global Warming in November 2013" reveals that Americans are willing to take steps in their lives to take action on climate with just a little bit of nudging from those around them. The poll, jointly conducted by the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication and the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication surveyed a representative sample of 830 American adults last November and December. Here are some of the key findings:

  1. More than half of Americans (53%) say they would sign a petition about climate change if asked by someone they like and respect.
  2. Four in 10 Americans say they would sign a pledge to vote only for political candidates that share their views on climate change if asked by someone they like and respect.
  3. Four in 10 Americans say they would attend neighborhood meetings to discuss climate change and what people can do about it if asked by someone they like and respect.
  4. Four in 10 Americans say they would attend a public meeting or presentation about climate change if asked by someone they like and respect.

Taken together, these results indicate something significant. Despite the fact that the United States continues to be home to a very well-funded climate denial campaign, Americans are still willing to act on climate, if their peers and leaders will just help guide them in the right direction.  

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