Perceived and actual number of hottest years in the last 18 years in Australia 2018

This statistic presents the results of a survey in Australia on perceived number of years with the highest temperatures worldwide since 1961 in the last 18 years as of October 2018. According to data published by Ipsos, Australian respondents underestimated the number of the hottest years in the past 18 years. On average, the respondents thought that nine years in the last 18 years were the hottest ever in the world, when the actual number of years was 17.

Perceived and actual number of years with the highest temperatures since 1961 in the last 18 years in Australia as of October 2018

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Source

Release date

December 2018

Region

Australia

Survey time period

September 28 to October 16, 2018

Number of respondents

approx. 1,000

Special properties

nationally representative sample

Method of interview

Online panel

Supplementary notes

The original question was phrased as follows:
The World Meteorological Organization collects annual global temperatures, to see whether they are rising or falling across the world. How many of the last 18 years have been the hottest for the world as a whole since they began collecting data in 1961?"

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