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Poll: Climate Change on Americans' Minds Amid Pandemic

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By    |   Tuesday, 19 May 2020 11:41 AM EDT

Americans are still concerned about climate change even during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new survey.

Researchers at Yale University and George Mason University released poll results Tuesday indicating Americans’ positions on climate change has remained steady throughout the coronavirus outbreak. In some cases, more people have shown concern over climate change. 

Poll results from “Climate Change in the American Mind” show:

  • 73% of Americans polled say climate change is happening. 
  • 54% of Americans asked say they are extremely or very certain climate change is happening.
  • 62% of Americans say they agree with the scientific view that global warming is mostly caused by human activity.
  • 6% of Americans surveyed say there were extremely or very sure global warming wasn’t happening.

“We see no drop-off at all in beliefs,” Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, told The New York Times

He told the newspaper the results show that "climate change has matured as an issue” and become “a durable worry” in millions of Americans’ minds.'

The survey found that two out of three Americans said global warming was important to them at some level personally. 

The survey polled 1,029 adults between April 7-17. The poll has a margin of error 3 percentage points.

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