Forty percent (40%) of voters nationwide believe global warming or climate change is a Very Serious problem. Another 33% see it as Somewhat Serious. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that just 14% believe these are Not Very Serious problems while 9% say Not at All Serious.
A split sample approach was used for this survey. Half the respondents were asked about “global warming” and half were asked about “climate change.” There was no significant difference in the responses, so results in this article are presented on a combined basis (see question wording and results).
This national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 7-8, 2018 for ScottRasmussen.com by HarrisX, a leading research company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and the Demographic profile of our sample). The Margin of Error is +/- 3.1 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
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Sixty-three percent (63%) of Democrats believe global warming/climate change is a Very Serious problem. That view is shared by 37% of Independents and 17% of Republicans. Voters under 35 see it as a bigger problem than older voters.
Among urban residents, 47% see global warming/climate change as a Very Serious problem. Forty-one percent (41%) of suburban voters agree along with just 28% of rural voters (see crosstabs).
While citing climate concerns as a major problem, two-thirds of Americans (66%) are unwilling to pay more than $100 a year to address it. That figure includes 8% who are willing to pay $100 a year, 15% willing to pay $50 a year, and 43% who are not willing to pay anything.
At the other extreme, 12% are willing to pay whatever it takes and 7% will pay $1,000 annually.
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