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Author

Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Social Studies, Civics, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Data
  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey

Format

PDF

Climate Opinion Factsheets

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Synopsis
  • This tool provides information about Americans' beliefs, risk perceptions, and policy preferences about climate change for all 50 states, 435 congressional districts, and 3,142 counties across the United States. 
  • The tool allows you to customize the survey questions displayed on your factsheet.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The factsheet generator is easy to use.
  • The generated factsheet can be printed or downloaded as a PDF.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with how public opinion affects policy and what influences public opinion.
  • The educator should review the material before deciding on how to implement it with students.

Differentiation

  • This resource could be used for political science, media literacy, or environmental law courses to research which geographic areas "feel" differently about the issue of climate change.
  • Have students research their local district to see what the prevailing opinions are and then research another location in another state to compare and contrast.
  • You can also check out Yale Climate Opinions Map 2021 for comprehensive data on public opinion on climate change.
Scientist Notes
This resource contains factsheets on people's perception, policy supports, risk perception, and behavioral patterns towards climate change in the USA. The method used in collecting the opinion data is appropriate since it is a perception study. The resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Career Readiness, Life Literacies, & Key Skills
    • Life Literacies and Key Skills
      • 9.4.8.CI.1: Assess data gathered on varying perspectives on causes of climate change (e.g., crosscultural, gender-specific, generational), and determine how the data can best be used to design multiple potential solutions (e.g., RI.7.9, 6.SP.B.5, 7.1.NH.IPERS.6, 8.2.8.ETW.4).
      • 9.4.8.IML.8: Apply deliberate and thoughtful search strategies to access high-quality information on climate change (e.g., 1.1.8.C1b).
      • 9.4.12.IML.5: Evaluate, synthesize, and apply information on climate change from various sources appropriately (e.g., 2.1.12.CHSS.6, S.IC.B.4, S.IC.B.6, 8.1.12.DA.1, 6.1.12.GeoHE.14.a, 7.1.AL.PRSNT.2).
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