Nearly four in ten Americans (37%), an increase of eight percentage points since 2010, say that climate change is a serious and pressing problem, and that we should begin taking steps now even if this involves significant costs. Both Democrats and Independents have become more likely to support immediate action on climate change over the past five years. In 2010, only a plurality (49%) of Democrats favored immediate action on climate change; today, a majority (56%) believe we should. Independents have seen an even bigger shift: today, four in ten (40%) support taking steps on climate change now, up from only two in ten (23%) in 2010. Most Republicans remain split over whether the problem of climate change should be dealt with gradually (43%), or whether climate change is really a problem (44%)—a position shared by few Democrats (13%) and Independents (22%).
For more details on American public opinion and climate change, see the latest Chicago Council Survey brief.
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs highlights critical shifts in American public thinking on US foreign policy through public opinion surveys and research conducted under the Lester Crown Center on US Foreign Policy.
The annual Chicago Council Survey, first conducted in 1974, is a valuable resource for policymakers, academics, media, and the general public. The Council also surveys American leaders in government, business, academia, think tanks, and religious organizations biennially to compare trends in their thinking with overall trends. And collaborating with partner organizations, the survey team periodically conducts parallel surveys of public opinion in other regions of the world to compare with US public opinion.
The Running Numbers blog features regular commentary and analysis from the Council’s public opinion and US foreign policy research team, including a series of flash polls of a select group of foreign policy experts to assess their opinions on critical foreign policy topics driving the news.
This week's global public opinion update on the COVID-19 pandemic covers the United States, Japan, South Korea, France, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Mexico.
This week's global public opinion update on the COVID-19 pandemic covers the United States, Japan, South Korea, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, Germany, and Mexico.
Asked about the future of Russia, American experts predict a decline, citing diminishing military strength and tenuous economic prospects.
The chart-dominating K-pop group BTS will soon enlist in the South Korean military. But should their accomplishments be rewarded with an exemption from mandatory military service? The South Korean public is split.
While the 2020 polls will have correctly predicted the winner of the national presidential race (Joe Biden), they generally overstated Democratic support. What's going on?
Online food orders are booming around the world. In South Korea, the fees from online delivery apps are stressing small restaurants.
American sentiments toward other nations around the world have remained warm for allies and have become more cold for adversaries.
This week's global public opinion update on the COVID-19 pandemic covers the United States, Japan, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, and Jordan.
The Trump Administration sees TikTok and WeChat as National Security Threats. Do Americans feel the same?
The American public seems largely indifferent to impending bans on the apps, TikTok and WeChat.
With the US election drawing near, all eyes are on the United States and the choices the public is about to make. As Americans go to the polls, here are three key things to know about American views of Asia and the key issues in the region.
Election 2020 Round-up: Democrat and Republican Opinions on Key Policy Questions Facing the United States
What do Republicans and Democrats think about the important domestic and foreign policy topics being debated between presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden?
Republicans and Democrats Divide on Key Debate Issues: COVID-19, Race, Climate Change, and National Security
The final presidential debate is set for Thursday, October 22 and will focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, race in America, climate change, national security, and US leadership. How do Democrats and Republicans feel about these issues?
While gaps among Republicans and Democrats have lessened regarding climate change, divisions remain.
This week's global public opinion update on the COVID-19 pandemic covers the United States, France, the UK, Italy, and Canada.
They maynot get a vote, but the South Korean public has a strong preference to see a change of administration in the United States.