Public opinion on climate change in the U.S. - statistics & facts
The contemporary U.S. American society has various issues of importance on its mind, from crime and gun violence to inflation and economic inequality. Regardless of a long list of pressuring topics, the effects of climate change are already being felt by a growing share of the country’s population. As natural catastrophes become more recurrent and intense, more U.S. Americans cannot help but agree that climate change is here to stay and not enough is being done to reduce its effects.
Regarding opinions on what third parties are doing to reduce the effects of climate change, more than two-thirds of people in the U.S. believed that large businesses and companies are doing too little. When asked more precisely about the energy industry, roughly half of respondents answered that the energy sector is not doing enough.
Moreover, in regards to strategies to tackle the climate emergency, almost 70 percent of respondents to a 2022 survey affirmed having prior knowledge of climate strategies such as subsidizing renewables and implementing regulations limiting emissions. On more specific policies, like carbon taxes, cap-and-trade, and ETS, only around 40 percent said they were aware of them.
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Erick Burgueño Salas
Research expert covering climate change and the water industry