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How does the respondent feel about climate change? Is it happening? Do they think it is a major problem?

Below are 28 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. Mouse over a survey name to see further details on a survey.

NOICECAP from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

Scientists predict that global warming may soon have big effects on the polar regions. I will describe some of these possible effects and, for each one, please say whether it would bother you a great deal, some, a little, or not at all if it actually happened. E. The northern ice cap may completely melt. (NOICECAP)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable3,45470.5
1) A great deal90618.5
2) Some2805.7
3) A little1062.2
4) Not at all1032.1
8) Dont know380.8
9) No answer140.3
TOTAL4901100.0


GWSCI from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

Global warming means a trend toward warmer temperatures throughout the world, with more extreme weather in many places and changes in food production that could affect our way of life. Some people believe that the burning of gasoline and other fossil fuels causes global warming. Others say that global warming has purely natural causes. On a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 means very well and 5 means not at all. How well do the following groups understand the causes of global warming? A. Environmental scientists (GWSCI)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable3,94080.4
1) (Very well)3707.5
2) 21933.9
3) 32104.3
4) 4901.8
5) (Not at all)581.2
8) Dont know330.7
9) No answer70.1
TOTAL4901100.0


PENGUINS from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

Scientists predict that global warming may soon have big effects on the polar regions. I will describe some of these possible effects and, for each one, please say whether it would bother you a great deal, some, a little, or not at all if it actually happened. C. Penguins may be threatened. (PENGUINS)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable3,45470.5
1) A great deal68013.9
2) Somewhat unlikely4258.7
3) A little1833.7
4) Not at all1072.2
8) Dont know390.8
9) No answer130.3
TOTAL4901100.0


INUITWAY from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

Scientists predict that global warming may soon have big effects on the polar regions. I will describe some of these possible effects and, for each one, please say whether it would bother you a great deal, some, a little, or not at all if it actually happened. D. Inuit and other native peoples may no longer be able to follow their traditional way of life. (INUITWAY)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable3,45470.5
1) A great deal66113.5
2) Somewhat unlikely4529.2
3) A little1753.6
4) Not at all1072.2
8) Dont know390.8
9) Refused130.3
TOTAL4901100.0


SCIAGRGW from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

On a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 means Near complete agreement and 5 means No agreement at all, to what extent do environmental scientists agree among themselves about the existence and causes of global warming? (SCIAGRGW)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable3,94080.4
1) (Near complete agreement)1282.6
2) 22314.7
3) 33386.9
4) 41152.3
5) (No agreement at all)901.8
8) Dont know521.1
9) No answer70.1
TOTAL4901100.0


SCIBSTGW from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

When making policy recommendations about global warming, on a scale of 1 to 5, to what extent do you think the following groups would support what is best for the country as a whole versus what serves their own narrow interests? INSTRUCTION: IF ASKED WHAT NARROW INTEREST MEANS: Well, someone might gain financially if a certain policy were adopted or it might advance his or her career. A. Environmental scientists (SCIBSTGW)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable3,94080.4
1) (What is best for the country)3777.7
2) 22244.6
3) 31703.5
4) 4771.6
5) (Own narrow interests)691.4
8) Dont know360.7
9) No answer80.2
TOTAL4901100.0


EXTINCT from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

Scientists predict that global warming may soon have big effects on the polar regions. I will describe some of these possible effects and, for each one, please say whether it would bother you a great deal, some, a little, or not at all if it actually happened. A. By 2020, polar bears may become extinct. (EXTINCT)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable3,45470.5
1) A great deal69214.1
2) Somewhat unlikely4108.4
3) A little1703.5
4) Not at all1302.7
8) Dont know310.6
9) No answer140.3
TOTAL4901100.0


SCIINFGW from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

How much influence should each of the following groups have in deciding what to do about global warming? A. Environmental scientists. Would you say a great deal of influence, a fair amount, a little influence, or none at all? (SCIINFGW)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable3,94080.4
1) A great deal of influence4499.2
2) A fair amount3627.4
3) A little influence921.9
4) None at all250.5
8) Dont know270.6
9) No answer60.1
TOTAL4901100.0


SEALEVEL from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined

Scientists predict that global warming may soon have big effects on the polar regions. I will describe some of these possible effects and, for each one, please say whether it would bother you a great deal, some, a little, or not at all if it actually happened. B. Sea level may rise by more than 20 feet, flooding coastal areas. (SEALEVEL)
TOTAL%
0) Inapplicable3,45470.5
1) A great deal91518.7
2) Somewhat unlikely2715.5
3) A little1292.6
4) Not at all841.7
8) Dont know350.7
9) No answer130.3
TOTAL4901100.0


CLIMCHNG from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

Q36a. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statements: If we do not change things dramatically global climate change will have disastrous effects (CLIMCHNG)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly disagree17010.6
2) Disagree21113.1
3) Agree52332.5
4) Strongly agree56134.9
8) Undecided1428.8
Missing41 
TOTAL1,607100.0


NOICECAP from General Social Survey, 2006

Scientists predict that global warming may soon have big effects on the polar regions. I will describe some of these possible effects and, for each one, please say whether it would bother you a great deal, some, a little, or not at all if it actually happened. E. The northern ice cap may completely melt. (NOICECAP)
TOTAL%
1) A great deal1,15662.0
2) Somewhat unlikely37520.1
3) A little1337.1
4) Not at all1206.4
8) Dont know764.1
9) No answer40.2
TOTAL1864100.0


ARTSEALS from General Social Survey, 2006

Scientists predict that global warming may soon have big effects on the polar regions. I will describe some of these possible effects and, for each one, please say whether it would bother you a great deal, some, a little, or not at all if it actually happened. C. Arctic seals may be threatened. (ARTSEALS)
TOTAL%
1) A great deal80843.3
2) Somewhat unlikely65835.3
3) A little22211.9
4) Not at all1136.1
8) Dont know603.2
9) No answer30.2
TOTAL1864100.0


INUITWAY from General Social Survey, 2006

Scientists predict that global warming may soon have big effects on the polar regions. I will describe some of these possible effects and, for each one, please say whether it would bother you a great deal, some, a little, or not at all if it actually happened. D. Inuit and other native peoples may no longer be able to follow their traditional way of life. (INUITWAY)
TOTAL%
1) A great deal84145.1
2) Somewhat unlikely67035.9
3) A little19110.2
4) Not at all1065.7
8) Dont know532.8
9) No answer30.2
TOTAL1864100.0


SCIAGRGW from General Social Survey, 2006

On a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 means Near complete agreement and 5 means No agreement at all, to what extent do environmental scientists agree among themselves about the existence and causes of global warming? (SCIAGRGW)
TOTAL%
1) Near complete agreement12613.6
2) 226428.4
3) 331734.2
4) 4859.2
5) No agreement at all586.3
8) Dont know758.1
9) No answer30.3
TOTAL928100.0


SCIBSTGW from General Social Survey, 2006

When making policy recommendations about global warming, on a scale of 1 to 5, to what extent do you think the following groups would support what is best for the country as a whole versus what serves their own narrow interests? A. Environmental scientists (SCIBSTGW)
TOTAL%
1) What is best for the country36839.7
2) 224526.4
3) 315917.1
4) 4505.4
5) Own narrow interests616.6
8) Dont know434.6
9) No answer20.2
TOTAL928100.0


SCIINFGW from General Social Survey, 2006

How much influence should each of the following groups have in deciding what to do about global warming? A. Environmental scientists. Would you say a great deal of influence, a fair amount, a little influence, or none at all? (SCIINFGW)
TOTAL%
1) A great deal of influence43847.2
2) A fair amount34737.4
3) A little influence737.9
4) None at all303.2
8) Dont know384.1
9) No answer20.2
TOTAL928100.0


SEALEVEL from General Social Survey, 2006

Scientists predict that global warming may soon have big effects on the polar regions. I will describe some of these possible effects and, for each one, please say whether it would bother you a great deal, some, a little, or not at all if it actually happened. B. Sea level may rise by more than 20 feet, flooding coastal areas. (SEALEVEL)
TOTAL%
1) A great deal1,25667.4
2) Somewhat unlikely35018.8
3) A little1246.7
4) Not at all824.4
8) Dont know502.7
9) No answer20.1
TOTAL1864100.0


GWSCI from General Social Survey, 2006

The next few items concern some public issues. The first issue is global warming. Global warming means a trend toward warmer temperatures throughout the world, with more extreme weather in many places and changes in food production that could affect our way of life. Some people believe that the burning of gasoline and other fossil fuels causes global warming. Others say that global warming has purely natural causes. On a scale of 1 to 5, where 1 means Very Well and 5 means Not at All, how well do the following groups understand the causes of global warming? A. Environmental scientists (GWSCI)
TOTAL%
1) Very well39842.9
2) 220221.8
3) 320121.7
4) 4454.8
5) Not at all454.8
8) Dont know343.7
9) No answer30.3
TOTAL928100.0


WARMING from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010

How serious a problem would you say is the greenhouse effect, or the threat of global warming? Would you say: very serious, somewhat serious, or not very serious? (06, 08, 10) (WARMING)
TOTAL%
-1) RF/DK1275.7
1) Not very serious41718.8
2) Somewhat serious66630.0
3) Very serious1,00745.4
TOTAL2217100.0


EXTINCT from General Social Survey, 2006

Scientists predict that global warming may soon have big effects on the polar regions. I will describe some of these possible effects and, for each one, please say whether it would bother you a great deal, some, a little, or not at all if it actually happened. A. By 2020, polar bears may become extinct. (EXTINCT)
TOTAL%
1) A great deal83945.0
2) Somewhat unlikely55829.9
3) A little22412.0
4) Not at all18710.0
8) Dont know542.9
9) No answer20.1
TOTAL1864100.0


W10S6 from American National Election Studies, Panel Study, 2008-2009

Scientists use the term global warming to refer to the idea that the worlds average temperature may be about five degrees Fahrenheit higher in 75 years than it is now. Overall, would you say that global warming would be good, bad, or neither good nor bad? (W10S6)
TOTAL%
-7) No answer20.1
-6) Not asked, unit non-response34611.3
-2) Missing, see documentation672.2
-1) Inapplicable1,31343.1
1) Good280.9
2) Bad95231.2
3) Neither good nor bad34111.2
TOTAL3049100.0


W2P6 from American National Election Studies, Panel Study, 2008-2009

Scientists use the term global warming to refer to the idea that the worlds average temperature may be about five degrees Fahrenheit higher in 75 years than it is now. Overall, would you say that global warming would be good, bad, or neither good nor bad? (W2P6)
TOTAL%
-7) No answer80.3
-6) Not asked, unit non-response1,49248.9
-2) Missing, see documentation722.4
1) Good321.0
2) Bad97532.0
3) Neither good nor bad47015.4
TOTAL3049100.0


WARMHUM from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2006

From what youve heard or read, is there general agreement among scientists that the earth is getting warmer because of human activity, or not? [Answered only if FORM = 2.] (WARMHUM)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, scientists agree that the earth is getting warmer because of human activity.59559.1
2) No, there is not agreement among scientists.29229.0
9) Dont know/Refused12011.9
Missing996 
TOTAL1,007100.0


WARMPROB from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2006

In your view, is global warming a very serious problem, somewhat serious, not too serious, or not a problem? [Answered only if FORM = 2.] (WARMPROB)
TOTAL%
1) Very serious43543.2
2) Somewhat serious36436.1
3) Not too serious10710.6
4) Not a problem888.7
9) Dont know/Refused141.4
Missing996 
TOTAL1,008100.0


WARMACT from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2006

Do you think global warming is a problem that requires immediate government action, or dont you think it requires immediate government action? [Answered only if WARMPROB = 1, 2, or 3 (if respondent sees global warming as a problem).] (WARMACT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes, it is a problem that requires immediate government action61668.1
2) No, dont think global warming requires immediate government action25728.4
9) Dont know/Refused323.5
Missing1,098 
TOTAL905100.0


GASPRICE from Religion and America's Role in the World

Reducing global warming is more important than lowering gas prices OR lowering gas prices is more important than reducing global warming (rotate statements; split D- half sample). (GASPRICE)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree with the first statement22932.9
2) Agree, but not strongly, with the first statement9413.5
3) Agree, but not strongly, with the second statement7610.9
4) Strongly agree with the second statement25937.2
5) Dont know/refused385.5
TOTAL696100.0


GLBLWARM from Religion and America's Role in the World

Global warming represent an immediate threat and we need to start taking action now OR global warming represents a long-term threat and we need to study the problem before taking drastic action (rotate statements; split C- half sample). (GLBLWARM)
TOTAL%
1) Strongly agree with the first statement29141.3
2) Agree, but not strongly, with the first statement7210.2
3) Agree, but not strongly, with the second statement12517.8
4) Strongly agree with the second statement18826.7
5) Dont know/refused284.0
TOTAL704100.0


WARMING from Houston Area Survey, 2010

How serious a problem would you say is the greenhouse effect, or the threat of global warming? Would you say: very serious, somewhat serious, or not very serious? (WARMING)
TOTAL%
-1) RF/DK314.1
1) Not very serious19025.3
2) Somewhat serious25433.9
3) Very serious27536.7
TOTAL750100.0




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