An Energy and Climate Tracker

Updated: Feb. 2, 2023 | 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

Climate Concern Drops Slightly in January: The share of U.S. adults who are “very concerned” about climate change and its impacts dropped to 37% at the end of January from 41% at the end of December, despite a January report showing that 2022 was tied for the fifth warmest year on record. View more.

One-Third of Adults “Very Concerned” About Disasters: The latest data shows 33%  of U.S. adults are “very concerned” about the impact of natural disasters on their community, as sentiment has only shifted slightly from the end of December (36%) despite major flooding in California that lasted for three weeks. President Joe Biden in mid-January toured areas struck by the deadly “atmospheric river” storms, saying climate change is resulting in more extreme weather. View more.

Under Half of Americans Confident in U.S. Climate Action: Fewer than half of voters remain confident that the United States will reduce its carbon emissions and slow the impacts of climate change in the next decade. View more.

EV Interest Remains Relatively Steady: Consumer interest in electric vehicles has remained relatively steady. Fewer than 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 also mostly held steady, with about 2 in 3 adults saying they’d buy or lease one in the next decade. View more.

Half of Adults “Very Concerned” About Future Electricity Prices: The latest addition to the “Taking the Temperature” project shows that 1 in 2 adults are “very concerned” about future electricity prices, a share that remained relatively steady throughout the month of January. More than 2 in 5 adults (44%) said they are “very concerned” about current prices, an increase of 7 percentage points compared with a year ago.

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.

Tracking Electricity Price Concern

Share of U.S. adults who are “very concerned” about the current and future price of electricity

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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