During the past decade, many scientific experts have been frustrated by the American public's apparent indifference to climate change and the threats it may pose. And even during the last year, headlines on newspapers across the country have proclaimed: "Scientists and the American Public Disagree Sharply Over Global Warming." Is it really true? Do Americans really not accept the opinions of scientific experts on climate change? In this presentation, Professor Jon Krosnick will describe findings from a series of national surveys that he has designed and conducted since 1996, tracking what Americans do and do not believe on this issue and what they do and do not want to have done about it. Surprising results challenge many widely-held presumptions about public opinion, illuminate the increasing politicization of the issue, and help set the stage for future legislation on climate change.
Jon Krosnick is Frederic O. Glover Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor in Communication, Professor in Political Science, Professor in Psychology (by courtesy) and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment (by courtesy). He does research on attitude formation, change, and effects, on the psychology of political behavior, and on survey research methods.