A Study of America's Views on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

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Here you will find valuable information about our ongoing research on the impacts of climate change. To learn more about our study and the latest findings, please browse the page and explore the resources available, such as Frequently Asked Questions, related research publications, and a sign-up link for research updates on our study.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of the study is to understand the barriers to addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation and explore ways to overcome them. The study aims to collect data from a representative sample of Americans’ views to understand their perspectives and experiences with climate change.

How will my participation in the survey benefit the study?

Your participation is essential to the success of the study. The data collected will be used to understand the barriers to addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation and explore ways to overcome them. Your responses will be kept confidential and will be combined with other participants’ responses to provide an overall understanding of views on the topic.

How long will it take to complete the survey?

The length of the survey will depend on each individual. Generally, we estimate that it will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete the survey.

What types of questions will be asked in the survey?

The survey will include questions about your beliefs and attitudes towards climate change, as well as questions about your experiences with climate change and its impacts. The survey may also ask demographic questions such as age, gender, and education level.

How will my data be used and protected?

The data collected will be used for research purposes only and will be kept strictly confidential. Your responses will be combined with other participants’ responses and analyzed in aggregate to provide an overall understanding of views on the topic. The data will be stored securely and will only be accessible to authorized research personnel.

Who is conducting this research?

The principle investigator (PI) is Azdren Coma, a doctoral candidate at Washington State University. On our team is also Associate Professor, Dr. Erik W. Johnson, and Professor Emeritus Dr. Don Dillman.

Who can I reach out to if I have a question about the study?

You can reach Azdren Coma by emailing him at azdren.coma@wsu.edu

Related Research

Below we list some of the most relevant and important scientific research that relates to our own research. It is not a complete reference list of our study, but it should be informative of the conversations taking place related to our study.

Benegal, Salil D., and Lyle A. Scruggs. 2018. “Correcting Misinformation about Climate Change: The Impact of Partisanship in an Experimental Setting.” Climatic Change 148(1–2):61–80. doi: 10.1007/s10584-018-2192-4.

Boussalis, Constantine, Travis Coan, and Mirya Holman. 2019. “Communicating Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Efforts in American Cities.” Climate 7(3):45. doi: 10.3390/cli7030045.

Burke, Marshall, Solomon M. Hsiang, and Edward Miguel. 2015. “Global Non-Linear Effect of Temperature on Economic Production.” Nature 527(7577):235–39. doi: 10.1038/nature15725.

Carman, Jennifer P., Karine Lacroix, Matthew H. Goldberg, Seth Rosenthal, Abel Gustafson, Peter Howe, Jennifer Marlon, and Anthony Leiserowitz. 2022. “Measuring Americans’ Support for Adapting to ‘Climate Change’ or ‘Extreme Weather.’” Environmental Communication 16(5):577–88. doi: 10.1080/17524032.2022.2087709.

Fremstad, Anders, and Mark Paul. 2022. “Neoliberalism and Climate Change: How the Free-Market Myth Has Prevented Climate Action.” Ecological Economics 197:107353. doi: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2022.107353.

Gifford, Robert. 2011. “The Dragons of Inaction: Psychological Barriers That Limit Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation.” American Psychologist 66(4):290–302. doi: 10.1037/a0023566.

Hornsey, Matthew J., Emily A. Harris, Paul G. Bain, and Kelly S. Fielding. 2016. “Meta-Analyses of the Determinants and Outcomes of Belief in Climate Change.” Nature Climate Change 6(6):622–26. doi: 10.1038/nclimate2943.

Houser, Matthew, Beth Gazley, Heather Reynolds, Elizabeth Grennan Browning, Eric Sandweiss, and James Shanahan. 2022. “Public Support for Local Adaptation Policy: The Role of Social-Psychological Factors, Perceived Climatic Stimuli, and Social Structural Characteristics.” Global Environmental Change 72:102424. doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2021.102424.

Kagan, Jennifer A., and Jennifer Dodge. 2022. “The Third Sector and Climate Change: A Literature Review and Agenda for Future Research and Action.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 089976402211235. doi: 10.1177/08997640221123587.

Largesse, Elise. 2022. “Class, Climate Change, and Closed Systems: Inverted Quarantine on Nantucket Island.” Environmental Sociology 1–14. doi: 10.1080/23251042.2022.2042887.

Leiserowitz, Anthony. 2006. “Climate Change Risk Perception and Policy Preferences: The Role of Affect, Imagery, and Values.” Climatic Change 77(1):45–72. doi: 10.1007/s10584-006-9059-9.

McCright, Aaron M., and Riley E. Dunlap. 2011. “Cool Dudes: The Denial of Climate Change among Conservative White Males in the United States.” Global Environmental Change-Human and Policy Dimensions 21(4):1163–72. doi: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2011.06.003.

Merkley, Eric, and Dominik Stecula. 2021. “Party Cues in the News: Democratic Elites, Republican Backlash and the Dynamics of Climate Skepticism.” British Journal of Political Science. doi: 10.31219/osf.io/azrxm.


Spence, Alexa, Wouter Poortinga, and Nick Pidgeon. 2012. “The Psychological Distance of Climate Change: Psychological Distance of Climate Change.” Risk Analysis 32(6):957–72. doi: 10.1111/j.1539-6924.2011.01695.x.

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