Yale Climate Opinion Data
The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication has developed a system in which they can take their national climate opinion polling data and create estimates for climate opinions for each congressional district and state. You can view this data via interactive maps (including 2019 updates) on their website. CCL has compiled the results from Yale's polls into a single page graphic that we think can help you tell a compelling narrative regarding public support for climate action and specifically for the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.
This link below provides a PDF for each Congressional District and State. Click on the link, scroll down to find your district/state, and then download to save the PDF to your computer. To share this material and have printouts for your own meetings, visit CCL's Google Drive folder:
Climate Opinion Factsheets
Early in 2020, Yale also announced the new “Climate Opinion Factsheets” based on the Yale Climate Opinion Maps. The online tool allows you to tailor-make your own factsheet by selecting your geographic location as well as any of the 22 key measures of public climate change knowledge, attitudes, policy support, and behavior for your state, congressional district, or county.
Yale Climate Opinion Maps FAQ
How should I best use this information?
If you feel this material would support your efforts at building a relationship with your member of Congress's office, then consider offering to send it via email before or after you meet with them. You could also share this with others if you believe it will help build political will in your district. You may not find the figures for your district or state to be compelling or persuasive, and, in such cases, feel free not to share this material with your member as well.
What about the "Don't Know" category?
You’ll note that in these poll results there are a considerable number of people who answered "Don’t Know." Because of this we suggest highlighting the difference between the "Yes" and "No" answers with phrasing such as:
“More people in our district think global warming is happening and caused by humans than those who don’t by a 25% margin.”
Are these polls representative of my district?
Please note that these opinion estimates are based on national polling and modeling — not on polling in this district/State. No model is perfect and there are uncertainties in the model estimates. To validate the model, Yale conducted independent surveys in four states (CA, TX, OH, CO) and two metropolitan areas (Columbus, OH, and San Francisco, CA) and compared the survey results to our model estimates. On average, the model estimates differed from the survey results by 2.9 percentage points among the four states and 3.6 percentage points among the two metropolitan areas, within the survey margins of error. The data underlying the maps came from a large national survey dataset ( >22,000 respondents) collected between 2008 through 2018 as part of the Climate Change in the American Mind project led by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication.
For additional FAQs visit the Yale Climate Opinion Maps FAQ section.