Public U.S. opinion on scientists who believe in climate change 2008-2020

This statistic shows the public perception among U.S. adults on the proportion of climate scientists who think that human-caused global warming is happening from 2008 to 2020. During the survey in April 2020, some 56 percent of respondents stated that they believed that most scientists thought global warming is happening.

Perceived scientific consensus on climate change among U.S. adults from 2008 to 2020*

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Release date

May 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

April 7 to 17, 2020

Number of respondents

1,029 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* Original question: "What comes closest to your own view?" Number of survey respondents vary by year:
• April 2020: Fielded April 7 – 17 (N = 1,029)
• November 2019: Fielded November 8 – November 20 (N = 1,303)
• December 2018: Fielded November 28 – December 11 (N = 1,114)
• March 2018: Fielded March 7 – March 24 (N = 1,278)
• October 2017: Fielded October 20 – November 1 (N = 1,304)
• November 2016: Fielded November 18 – December 1 (N = 1,226)
• October 2015: Fielded September 30 – October 19 (N = 1,330)
• October 2014: Fielded October 17 – 28 (N = 1,275)
• November 2013: Fielded November 23 – December 9 (N = 830)
• September 2012: Fielded August 31 – September 12 (N = 1,061)
• November 2011: Fielded October 20 – November 16 (N = 1,000)
• June 2010: Fielded May 14 – June 1 (N = 1,024)
• November 2008: Fielded October 7 – November 12 (N = 2,164).

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