Candidates for President of the United States are talking about climate change. The Pope is talking about climate change. But what does the American public actually think about climate change?
The latest nationally representative UT Energy Poll found that 70 percent of Americans think that climate change is occurring - a percentage that has remained fairly constant since we began this biannual survey four years ago. But let's look a bit closer...
We often hear about how attitudes on climate change are shaped by our politics.
But where we live matters:
As well as race:
Politics matter, but many factors likely influence our attitudes as well.
The views expressed are those of the author(s) and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.
Sheril Kirshenbaum is executive director of Science Debate, a nonpartisan initiative to restore science to its rightful place in politics. She also hosts "Our Table" at Michigan State University, a series of round table discussions on where our food comes from and how it impacts our health and planet.