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NSEE Findings Report for Belief-Related Questions

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March 2013

Abstract

This report presents the views of American citizens on the existence of global warming, including their reasons for belief or disbelief, with particular attention on the role played by recent notable weather and climate events, including severe drought conditions throughout large regions and the historic devastation of Superstorm Sandy in the Northeast. The findings are drawn from the Fall 2012 versions of the National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE) from the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and the Institute of Public Opinion at Muhlenberg College. These surveys included a total of 917 interviews in the period before Superstorm Sandy struck in late October (early Fall iteration) and 998 interviews conducted after the storm’s arrival (late Fall iteration).

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Keywords: Environment, Public Opinion




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