U.S. worries about the hottest decade on Earth by region 2020

The U.S. respondents were informed about a report produced by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that stated that the past decade was the hottest ever recorded. Overall, at least 70 percent of U.S. adults in the Northeast, West and Midwest are at least somewhat concerned regarding the information. Clear differences can be seen between the regions, the South being least likely to be very concerned and the West being most likely to be very concerned. Factors such as political ideology may account for some of these differences.

Level of concern about the recent record breaking hottest decade among adults in the United States as of January 2020, by region*

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Release date

January 2020


United States

Survey time period

January 16, 2020

Number of respondents

2,603 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Figures may not add up to 100 due to rounding.

* Original question phrased as: "According to a report from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the past decade was the hottest ever recorded on the planet. How concerning, if at all, do you find this information?"

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