Anxiety about climate change and other environmental issues has grown significantly in just the past few years, according to what Americans have been telling pollsters.
We understand. We created Cloverly because we felt frustrated and guilty about the carbon costs of the shipping that brings so many products to our doors. We wanted to do something about the problem. We thought a lot of other people felt the same way.
Surveys seem to support that. In December 2018, Quinnipiac University asked, "How concerned are you about climate change?" Altogether, 69% said they were concerned: 42% were very concerned, 27% somewhat concerned, 14% not so concerned, and 17% not concerned at all.
Concern rose sharply in just 3 years. In December 2015, only 33% were very concerned, 33% somewhat concerned, 14% not so concerned, and 21% not concerned.
Other pairs of polls consistently show similar trends:
- CBS News asked whether global warming was caused mostly by human activity or natural environmental patterns, or whether it does not exist.
April 2019: 62% mostly human, 22% mostly natural, 7% both, 7% doesn't exist
September 2015: 51% mostly human, 29% mostly natural, 5% both, 9% doesn't exist
- Monmouth University asked whether the climate is changing and causing more extreme weather patterns and rising sea levels.
November 2018: 78% happening, 16% not happening
December 2015: 70% happening, 22% not happening
- CBS News asked whether the next generation would inherit a worse environment.
April 2019: 62% worse, 26% the same, 11% better
November 2015: 56% worse, 30% the same, 11% better
- Gallup asked whether the seriousness of global warming was generally exaggerated, correctly assessed, or underestimated.
March 2019: 42% underestimated, 22% correct, 35% exaggerated
March 2015: 35% underestimated, 21% correct, 42% exaggerated
- Gallup asked whether protection of the environment or economic growth should get priority.
March 2019: 65% environment, 30% economic growth
March 2015: 46% environment, 42% economic growth
- Gallup asked whether the quality of the US environment was getting better.
March 2019: 32% getting better, 64% getting worse, 3% staying the same
March 2015: 41% getting better, 51% getting worse, 7% staying the same
- Gallup asked whether the US government should spend more money on developing solar and wind power.
March 2018: 76% yes, 23% no
March 2014: 67% yes, 32% no
- Gallup asked whether climate change was a critical threat to the vital interests of the US, an important threat, or not an important threat.
February 2019: 54% critical, 25% important, 20% not important
February 2016: 50% critical, 28% important, 21% not important