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European Attitudes to Climate Change

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Published: December 2017

New analysis by the National Centre for Social Research of the European Social Survey shows that 7 in 10 Brits are concerned about climate change.

New analysis by the National Centre for Social Research of the European Social Survey shows that 7 in 10 Brits are concerned about climate change.

Aim:

We wanted to look at the levels of concern people felt about climate change and how optimistic they were about whether governments will be able to stop it. We also wanted to look at how these attitudes vary between countries, and what sorts of factors correlate to them.

You can read the full report here. 

Key findings:

  • 7 in 10 people in Britain are concerned about climate change, which puts the UK 11th out of the 18 countries surveyed. 

By Country

  • However, more than a quarter of British people think that it is unlikely that governments are likely to take action on the issue.

Government Trust

  • The data also reveals that, across surveyed countries, concern over climate change is associated with left-wing political views.

Left Right

Methods:

The data used in this report came from the European Social Survey.