Recent Global Opinion Survey on Climate Change

On November 7, 2015 the Pew Research Center published the results of a global public opinion poll concerning climate change.   It is based on more than 45,000 face-to-face and telephone interviews in 40 countries carried out during the period March 25 through May 27, 2015.

One of the questions asked during the interviews was,

In your view, is global climate change a very serious problem, somewhat serious, not too serious or not a problem?

Majorities in all 40 nations polled said that climate change was a serious problem.  Moreover, when the data from all 40 nations was combined, a global median of 54% consider it to be a very serious problem. There are, however, significant regional differences.  Somewhat surprisingly, Chinese and Americans, whose economies are responsible for the greatest annual emissions, are among the least concerned. Continue reading