An Energy and Climate Tracker
Updated: Sept. 1 | By Julia Martinez and Brian Yermal Jr.

As emissions mount and the globe continues to warm, climate change and the energy transition are increasingly on the public’s mind, both in terms of how they regard their own choices and whether they approve of their governments’ approaches.

Taking the Temperature represents Morning Consult’s ongoing effort to track how the U.S. public feels about energy and climate. It includes regularly updated climate concern and disaster concern trackers, broken down by party, race/ethnicity and generation, as well as a collection of stories based on other trended data on energy sources, fuel and electricity prices and more. Sign up for alerts below.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Fewer Than Half of Voters Have Confidence in U.S. Climate Action: Over 2 in 5 registered voters said they are confident that the United States will reduce its carbon emissions and slow the impacts of climate change in the next decade, down from 53% who said the same when Morning Consult began tracking. Following the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act in mid-August, more than 1 in 2 Democrats became confident in U.S. climate action, still lower when compared to about 3 in 5 a year earlier. View more.

Despite Federal Incentives, EV Interest Is Relatively Steady: Consumer interest in electric vehicles has remained relatively steady, even as the Inflation Reduction Act provided EV tax credits for new and used vehicles. About half of U.S. adults say they are likely to consider buying or leasing an electric vehicle in the next 10 years, a share that has remained level since the “Taking the Temperature” project began tracking vehicle purchase interest in May 2021. Interest in gasoline-powered vehicles has mostly held steady, with about 2 in 3 adults saying they’d buy or lease one in the next decade. View more.

2 in 5 Adults “Very Concerned” About Climate Change: The share of U.S. adults who are “very concerned” about climate change and its impacts has remained steady, with about 2 in 5 showing high levels of concern. View more.

1 in 3 Adults “Very Concerned” About Disasters: The latest data shows over a third of U.S. adults are “very concerned” about the impact of natural disasters on their community. View more.

Tracking Climate Concern

Share of U.S. adults who are “very concerned” about climate change and its impacts

Weekly surveys are conducted among a representative sample of roughly 2,200 U.S. adults (including roughly 2,000 registered voters) and have an unweighted margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

Tracking Disaster Concern

Share of U.S. adults who are “very concerned” about the impact of natural disasters on their community

Weekly surveys are conducted among a representative sample of roughly 2,200 U.S. adults (including roughly 2,000 registered voters) and have an unweighted margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

Tracking Confidence in U.S. Climate Action: By Party

U.S. adults were asked how confident they are that the country will reduce its carbon emissions and slow the impacts of climate change in the next decade

Weekly surveys are conducted among a representative sample of roughly 2,200 U.S. adults (including roughly 2,000 registered voters) and have an unweighted margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

Tracking Vehicle Interest Over the Coming Decade

U.S. adults were asked how likely they are to consider buying or leasing each of the following vehicles in the next 10 years:

Weekly surveys are conducted among a representative sample of roughly 2,200 U.S. adults (including roughly 2,000 registered voters) and have an unweighted margin of error of +/-2 percentage points.

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