UPDATED: MAY 5, 2022

Taking the Temperature: An Energy and Climate Tracker

BY BRIAN YERMAL JR. AND MATT BRACKEN

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

Less Than Half of Voters Have Confidence in U.S. Climate Action: About 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, despite the Biden administration’s recent push to boost domestic oil and gas production to help alleviate high energy prices. That share has remained about the same in recent weeks. View more.

Despite High Gas Prices, EV Interest Is Relatively Steady: Consumer interest in electric vehicles has remained relatively steady amid rising gasoline prices in recent weeks. Roughly 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 stayed about the same since the “Taking the Temperature” project began tracking vehicle purchase interest in May 2021. On a similar note, interest in gasoline-powered vehicles has mostly held steady during the recent fuel price hike, as well, with about 2 in 3 adults saying they’d buy or lease one in the next decade. View more.

About 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 since mid-March, with about 2 in 5 showing high levels of concern. View more.

About 1 in 3 Adults “Very Concerned” About Disasters: The latest data shows 32% of U.S. adults are “very concerned” about the impact of natural disasters on their community. The highest level of concern among the group was set on Sept. 11, 2021, at 43%. 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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