of Ohioans finds that most (70 percent) believe global warming is happening,
while only 16 percent believe it is not happening.
believe that if global warming is happening, it is mostly due to human
Ohioans have connected the dots between climate change and extreme weather, and
believe that it will increasingly impact the state over time," said lead
investigator Anthony Leiserowitz, PhD, of Yale University.
Of those who
believe global warming is happening, large majorities say that it is already
having an influence on the severity of heat waves (90%), droughts (88%), and
flooding of rivers or lakes (87%) in Ohio.
those Ohioans who believe climate change is happening, large majorities say
that over the next 50 years, climate change will cause more heat waves, worse storms,
declining numbers of fish and native wildlife, droughts and water shortages,
increased allergies, asthma, infectious diseases, or other health problems, and
more power outages in the state.
of Ohioans support more climate action at all levels of government—from
Congress (59%) and President Obama (54%), to Ohio's state legislature (56%) and
Governor Kasich (54%), to local government officials (53%). And even more say
that corporations and industry (69%) and citizens themselves (65%) should be
doing more to address climate change.
Ohioans see global warming as a relatively distant threat. While 70 percent
believe global warming will harm future generations of people and plant and
animal species, only 35 percent believe it will harm them personally.
The report, Climate Change in the Ohioan Mind, includes findings about
Ohioans' climate change beliefs and attitudes, observations of climate impacts
and extreme weather, support for climate and energy policies, personal actions
to limit global warming, and communication about the issue.