Public Attitudes, Knowledge, and Values Around the Climate
23% could identify that “cap and trade” legislation has to do with either energy or environment. 
But we are ready to act:
75% favor government regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, cars, and factories. 
59% favor the U.S. taking action on global warming, even if other countries like China and India do less. 
41% of those who believe warming is due to natural causes still support limits to climate emissions. 
We support policies that can get us there:
75% favor requiring developers to build more energy-efficient homes even if it increases prices. 
78% favor higher mileage standards for cars, trucks, and SUVs. 
84% favor investing in railways to make shipping more fuel efficient. 
78% favor higher emissions and pollution standards for business. 
71% favor spending tax money on public transit. 
56% favor prioritizing conservation and regulation on energy use and prices. 
And we’re ready to change our lives:
78% are willing to cut back on leisure driving. 
64% are willing to have a 55-mph speed limit. 
44% are willing to use public transit. 
40% are willing to walk or bike. 
60% are willing to pay more for electricity from renewable sources. 
1. Public Agenda “The Energy Learning Curve” based on a January 15-30, 2009 poll.
2. Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, Modest Support for “Cap and Trade” Policy
Fewer Americans See Solid Evidence of Global Warming, Sept 30-Oct. 4, 2009.
3. ABC News/Washington Post Poll, June 18-21, 2009 via Pollingreport.com.
The Energy Learning Curve: Coming from different starting points, the public sees similar solutions.
A Public Agenda report by Scott Bittle, Jonathan Rochkind and Amber Ott.
Putting the Pieces Together: How Do Citizens and Experts See the Energy Issue?
A Public Agenda report by Will Friedman, McKenna Morrigan and Alison Kadlec.
World Wide Views on Global Warming: A new worldwide poll on climate change reflects a global consensus for urgent action—and sets a precedent for deliberative democracy at the international level.
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