The Chilling Effect of Winter 2013 on American Acceptance of Global Warming

June 2013

This report presents findings drawn from an April 2013 telephone survey conducted by the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion (Muhlenberg Institute), in collaboration with the University of Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) as part of the National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE) series. This survey secured responses from 852 adult residents of the United States and provides evidence of a modest decline in the number of Americans who believe there is evidence that temperatures on Earth are rising. This small decline in acceptance of global warming among residents of the United States appears to be related to their perceptions and experiences with a winter and spring that included below-average temperatures in many parts of the country.