This abstract is summarized by IPR from the original report published by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. 

Dr. Leiserowitz and Dr. Akerlof examined American public support for climate change and energy policies among different racial and ethnic groups.

An initial survey of 2,164 American adults was conducted from October to November, 2008. A follow-up survey of 1,001 American adults was conducted between December 2009 and January 2010.

Key findings include:

  • 37% of Hispanics, 36% of Blacks, and 29% of Whites said that the issue of global warming is either “extremely important” or “very important” to them personally.
  • 85% of Hispanics, 95% of Blacks, and 92% of Whites said they either “strongly support” or “somewhat support” funding more research into renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power.
  • 82% of Hispanics, 89% of Blacks, and 78% of Whites said they either “strongly support” or “somewhat support” the regulation of carbon dioxide as a pollutant.
  • Overall results show that minorities often support action to combat climate change at levels equal to or greater than Whites.

Read more to discover where racial groups stand on topics related to climate change.


Leiserowitz, A., & Akerlof, K. (2016, March 21). Race, Ethnicity and Public Responses to Climate Change. Retrieved September 08, 2020, from

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