1 June 2017 – President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement sends a strong signal to the rest of the world that the US government does not prioritize climate change, despite almost half (49%) of the American public supporting the need to take “major action” according to new research.
Results show that 56 percent of people across 19 countries surveyed say that we should take immediate major action to reduce human impacts on climate, while 28 per cent say that no major action should be taken until more is known about climate change. In the US, public support is divided, with 44 percent of respondents saying no action should be taken until we know more, compared to 49 percent who say that we should assume the worst and that immediate action is needed.
Chris Coulter, GlobeScan CEO, commented: “President Trump’s abandonment of the global consensus and united effort on climate change, which will further isolate America in the world, would not be possible without a significant proportion of the population – 44 percent – who remain skeptical of taking action on climate change. The task ahead is to engage Americans across the country in the importance and benefits of acting to address climate change. Business, local government, civil society and academia all have a role to play in building a coalition of a large majority of Americans to demand action on climate change.”
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- Stacy Rowland, Director Public Relations and Communications, GlobeScan: firstname.lastname@example.org, +1 416-992-2705
In total 18,402 citizens in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Russia, Spain, Turkey, the UK, and the United States were interviewed face-to-face or by telephone between December 2, 2016 and April 26, 2017. Questions were asked by half samples in all countries polled except in India. Polling was conducted by GlobeScan and its research partners in each country.
In Brazil, China, Indonesia, Kenya, and Turkey urban samples were used. The margin of error per country ranges from +/- 2.5 to 6.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20.
Sample Size (unweighted)
Type of sample
|Australia||800||February 6–19, 2017||18+||Telephone||National|
|Brazil||810||March 20 – April 10, 2017||18-69||Face-to-face||Urban1|
|Canada||1000||January 27 – February 15, 2017||18+||Telephone||National|
|Chile||1200||December 2–19, 2016||18+||Face-to-face||National|
|China||1171||February 24, – April 25, 2017||18+||Telephone||Urban2|
|France||1009||February 6-16, 2017||18+||Telephone||National|
|Germany||1002||January 13–31, 2017||16-70||Telephone||National|
|India||1018||January 19 – March 23, 2017||18+||Face-to-face||National|
|Indonesia||1000||March 8–22, 2017||18+||Face-to-face||Urban3|
|Kenya||1010||February 1–15, 2017||18+||Face-to-face||Urban4|
|Mexico||800||March 4–9, 2017||18+||Face-to-face||National|
|Nigeria||800||February 2–8, 2017||18+||Face-to-face||National|
|Pakistan||1000||December 26, 2016 – January 13, 2017||18+||Face-to-face||National|
|Peru||1000||April 13–26, 2017||18-70||Face-to-face||National|
|Russia||1018||February 3-22, 2017||18+||Telephone||National|
|Spain||797||February 8-15, 2017||18+||Telephone||National|
|Turkey||966||March 2–20, 2017||15+||Face-to-face||Urban5|
|United Kingdom||1001||January 27 – February 19, 2017||18+||Telephone||National|
|USA||1000||January 19 February 1, 2017||18+||Telephone||National|
- In Brazil the survey was conducted in Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Curitiba, Goiânia, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, São Paulo, representing 23 per cent of the national adult population.
- In China the survey was conducted in Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Shanghai, Shenyang,Shijiazhuang, Tianjin, Wuhan, Xi’an, and Zhengzhou, representing 15 per cent of the national adult population.
- In Indonesia the survey was conducted in Bandung, Jakarta, Makassar, Medan, and Surabaya, representing 8 per cent of the national adult population.
- In Kenya the survey was conducted in Bomet, Bungoma, Elgeyo-Marakwet,Embu,Homa Bay, Kajiago, Kakamega, Kericho,Kiambu, Kilifi, Kirinyaga,Kisii, Kisumu, Kwale, Machakos,Makueni, Meru, Migori, Mombasa, Nairobi, Nakuru, Nyandarua, Siaya, Tharaka,Turkana, Uasin, Gishu, and Vihiga, representing 32 per cent of the national adult population.
- In Turkey the survey was conducted in İstanbul, Tekirdağ, Bursa, İzmir, Adana, Samsun, Trabzon, Ankara, Kayseri, Malatya, Diyarbakır, and Erzurum, representing 47 per cent of the national adult population.