Majorities of Americans say the United States should prioritize the development of renewable energy sources and take steps toward the country becoming carbon neutral by the year 2050. But just 31% want to phase out fossil fuels completely, and many foresee unexpected problems in a major transition to renewable energy.
As 2021 draws to a close, here are some of Pew Research Center’s most striking research findings from the past year.
Recent surveys have documented how people around the world view the issue of climate change and international responses.
67% of Americans perceive a rise in extreme weather, but partisans differ over government efforts to address it
46% of U.S. adults say the area where they live has had an extreme weather event over the past 12 months.
Most U.S. Latinos say global climate change and other environmental issues impact their local communities
Latinos broadly support an array of policy measures to address climate change and other environmental issues.
Powerful storms, wildfires, heat waves and other extreme climate-related events are projected to become more common and affect more people.
There is minimal praise from other societies for how the United States and China are handling climate change.
In Response to Climate Change, Citizens in Advanced Economies Are Willing To Alter How They Live and Work
Citizens offer mixed reviews of how their societies have responded to climate change, and many question the efficacy of international efforts to stave off a global environmental crisis.
On climate change, Republicans are open to some policy approaches, even as they assign the issue low priority
GOP moderates and younger adults generally offer more support for action to address climate change than conservatives and older adults.
On social media, Gen Z and Millennial adults interact more with climate change content than older generations
Among U.S. social media users, 45% of Gen Z adults have interacted with content that focuses on the need for action on climate change.