Observer Climate Change survey

Observer Climate Change survey

In this wide ranging survey, we found some interesting results. For example, four fifths (82%) agree that the global climate is changing, and 72% believe that global climate change will pose a serious threat to global stability within the next 50 years.

However, even with this relatively widespread assessment that there is a problem from the British public, it doesn’t necessarily translate into it being high on the list of direct concerns. When we asked respondents to select from a list what the most important issues facing Britain were, the environment came 13th.

Part of this may be because even if there is concern about any impact on them, half (51%) of UK adults think the impact had will be small rather than large. And many also put responsibility for tackling the problem at arms length, with just under half (45%) saying governments should take the most responsibility for tackling global warming, followed by international agencies (21%). Only 13% thought that households / individuals should take the most responsibility.

The full feature and analysis by the Observer team and Nicholas Stern are here.

Observer Climate Change survey

Opinium Research carried out an online survey of 1,011 GB adults aged 18+ from 23rd to 24th of March 2015. Results have been weighted to nationally representative criteria while percentages have been adjusted to exclude those answering “don’t know”.