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U.S. adults' opinion on the reduction of global warming 2016

This statistic shows the public opinion on the willingness of people and ability of humans to reduce global warming among adults in the United States as of March 2016. During the survey, 13 percent of the respondents said that humans would not be able to reduce global warming, even if it is happening.

Views on the possibility and willingness of reducing global warming among U.S. adults as of March 2016

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Release date

October 2016


United States

Survey time period

March 2016

Number of respondents

1,204 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Original question: Which of the following statements comes closest to your view?

* Humans could reduce global warming, but it’s unclear at this point whether we will do what’s necessary.
** Humans could reduce global warming, but people aren’t willing to change their behavior, so we’re not going to.
*** Humans can’t reduce global warming, even if it is happening.
**** Global warming isn’t happening.
***** Humans can reduce global warming and we are going to do so successfully.

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