Yale Climate Opinion Maps - U.S.

This visualization focuses on public acceptance of climate science. The set of interactive maps illustrates public opinion on a variety of climate beliefs, risk perceptions, and policy support. The data is from the Yale Project on Climate Communication and is updated every one to two years. The most recent data at the time of this record is 2019.

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Peter Howe
Matto Mildenberger
Jennifer Marlon
Anthony Leiserowitz
Yale Project on Climate Change Communication

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Educator will need to develop guiding questions to give context to the data on the maps.

While this tool is not a stand-alone activity, a few minutes of engaging with the maps is likely to elicit observations and questions. In particular, it can be useful to examine regional differences in attitudes about climate change. Students could also design their own questions and answers after exploring the maps.

It may be helpful to demonstrate the visualization for students to illustrate the many ways to display and interpret data.

The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, who publishes this research, offers a host of information about public perceptions of climate change. The website offers non-technical research summaries and graphics.

Article on Consensus in Skeptical Science is a good resource [link http://www.skepticalscience.com].