According to a new survey, climate change perception of Americans depends upon the region they live in.
The survey, which was conducted by the researchers from the Yale University and the Utah State University, found that people’s perception towards climate change is different, depending in part on where in the United States they live in.
Anthony Leiserowitz, Ph.D., a research scientist at the Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and one of the members of the study, said, “We found that state and local American society are trying hard to reduce carbon emission. In comparison, politicians and high officials do not know much about climate change.”
For their survey, the researchers asked questions to 13,000 Americans from 435 Congressional districts. The survey included geographic and demographic information, allowing researchers to detail attitudes by region. Investigators also conducted additional polling in two cities and four states, finding the results of these smaller surveys were within three to four points of data taken from the national figures. Afterwards, the entire data was arranged in the form of a map.
The researchers found that around 52% of Americans reported that they worry about global warming. In the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., 74% of residents say they worry about climate change, compared with just 38% in Pickett County, Tennessee, which was the lowest percentage. The researchers added that people of Tennessee and New Hampshire were also largely unconcerned about man-made climate changes.
There were also massive variations in regions of some states. For example, in Texas, 39% of respondents in King County reported that they are worried about climate change, compared to 61% in Travis.
Additionally, the survey found that 77% of Americans were found to be in favor of public funding of renewable energy sources, and 74% support regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant.
The findings were published in the Nature Climate Change journal.