We are pleased to announce our new “Climate Opinion Factsheets” based on the Yale Climate Opinion Maps. The factsheets include 22 key measures of public climate change knowledge, attitudes, policy support, and behavior for each of the 50 states, 435 congressional districts, and 3,142 counties across the US.
The online tool allows you to tailor-make your own factsheet by selecting the geographic location and the specific measures you’re interested in: http://climatecommunication.yale.edu/visualizations-data/factsheets/
Over the past decade, we have asked the American public a wide range of climate-related questions, including their climate change beliefs (Do you think global warming is happening?), risk perceptions (How worried are you about global warming?), policy support (Do you think the President should be doing more or less about global warming?), and much more. We report the national survey results in our Climate Change in the American Mind (CCAM) series, and estimate public opinion for states and localities in our Yale Climate Opinion Maps (YCOM). Until now, however, it has not been easy to print and share details about the status of public opinion in particular locations.
Factsheets can be saved as a PDF or printed for distribution to classes, community members, the media, or decision-makers. A factsheet for a specific location using default variables can also be shared via a URL link (copied and pasted), for example: https://factsheets.ypccc.tools/Ohio. Below is what that factsheet looks like.
(Note: only factsheets generated with the default variables can be shared via URL. Factsheets built with custom-selected variables must be saved and shared as a PDF)
For more details, please visit the About section on the Yale Climate Opinion Maps webpage. For more information about the methodology behind the numbers, please see our peer-reviewed paper: Howe, P., Mildenberger, M., Marlon, J.R., and Leiserowitz, A., “Geographic variation in opinions on climate change at state and local scales in the USA,” Nature Climate Change. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2583.
As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions for improving the tool. Please send feedback to [email protected] with the subject line “Factsheets Feedback.” We hope this new tool is helpful in your own work!
Anthony Leiserowitz, Ph.D.
Director, Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies