Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Public Opinion Research

Research Area block

Surveys: Climate Change

Stanford Woods Institute researchers are examining beliefs and attitudes regarding environmental problems, policies and solutions and how these attitudes influence political behavior. Climate change and energy are the foci of a series of recent surveys conducted by Stanford Communications Professor Jon Krosnick, a Senior Fellow by courtesy and the Frederic O. Glover Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences. His work illuminates Americans’ views on strategies for preventing and adapting to global warming.

Featured Research

Learn about the March 2013 survey commissioned by the Stanford Woods and the Center for Ocean Solutions that found an overwhelming number of Americans want to prepare in order to minimize damage likely to be caused by global warming-induced sea level rise and storms.

Summary of California public opinion on climate adaptation

Summary of U.S. public opinion on climate adaptation

Research brief on Public Preferences Regarding Preparing for the Possible Effects of Climate Change

Other Research Centers and Programs

Environmental Venture Projects

Water and Energy Connections »

North America - 2017

Water and energy are integrally linked. Energy is used throughout the entire water supply system for extraction, purifying, distribution and delivery, heating and later for wastewater collection and treatment. On the other hand, water is used in energy extraction, production, transportation and storage; electricity generation; refining and processing fuel; and...

Plant Life Performance »

North America - 2017

Live interactive performances can be a meaningful tool for educating the public about environmental change. This project will culminate in the composition of a site-specific performance for public gardens and landscapes that will educate audiences about conservation, and examine the environmental impacts of our relationship with plants.

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News & Press Releases

Animation: How to Make Climate Treaties Work »

September 19, 2014

Cartoon overview sheds light on innovative research on public opinion

By Rob Jordan, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

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Media Coverage

More Americans agree on going green than you might think »

July 18, 2018

Jon Krosnick comments on how "the American people are vastly underestimating how green the country wants to be."

By Melissa De Witte-Stanford, Fururity

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Woods at 10: a Video Overview

November 11, 2014

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Published Work
Americans' Evaluations of Policies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions »

June 1, 2007 - Brent Bannon, Matthew DeBell, Ray Kopp, Peter Aldhous

The impact of the fall 1997 debate about global warming on American public opinion »

September 1, 1998 - Allyson Holbrook, Penny S. Visser

Research Brief
Figures »

March 9, 2010 -

Figures »

March 9, 2010 -

American Opinion on Global Warming The Impact of the Fall 1997 Debate »

September 1, 1998 - Allyson Holbrook, Penny S. Visser

Annual Reports