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Global Warming/Climate Change, Attitudes about

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.

  • GWSCI from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SCIAGRGW from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SCIINFGW from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SCIBSTGW from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • EXTINCT from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SEALEVEL from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PENGUINS from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • INUITWAY from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NOICECAP from General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel CombinedLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • CLIMCHNG from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • ARTSEALS from General Social Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • EXTINCT from General Social Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GWSCI from General Social Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • INUITWAY from General Social Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • NOICECAP from General Social Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SCIAGRGW from General Social Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SCIBSTGW from General Social Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SCIINFGW from General Social Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • SEALEVEL from General Social Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • WARMING from Houston Area Survey, 1982-2010LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • W10S6 from American National Election Studies, Panel Study, 2008-2009LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • W2P6 from American National Election Studies, Panel Study, 2008-2009LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GASPRICE from Religion and Americas Role in the WorldLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GLBLWARM from Religion and Americas Role in the WorldLEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • WARMACT from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • WARMHUM from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • WARMPROB from Religion and Public Life Survey, 2006LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • WARMING from Houston Area Survey, 2010LEARN MORE
    • 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) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
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