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American Climate Metrics Survey 2017
Chicago
BELIEF & CONCERN
Chicagoans believe in and are concerned about climate
change. They are more likely to be concerned about
climate change than other U.S. citizens.
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 2
A majority of Chicagoans believe climate change is happening:
80%
United States
2017
Chicago
2017
89%
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 3
Question: Climate change refers to the idea that world’s average temperature is increasing, may increase more in the future, and that the world’s climate
may change as a result. What do you think? (percent total “Yes, climate change is happening”)
Most Chicagoans attribute climate change to human activities:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 4
Question: When it comes to climate change, which of the following is closer to your opinion? (percent total agree)
0 10 20 30 40 50 60
Combination of both human
activities and natural causes
Mainly due to human activities
Mainly due to natural causes
Climate change is not happening
Not sure
49
54
54
55
27
30
28
27
17
9
12
11
3
2
2
4
4
5
5
2
CH‫ا‬CAGO 2017 (%)U.S. 2017 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2016 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2015 (%)
Chicagoans are more concerned about climate change than two years ago:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 5
Very concerned Somewhat concerned A little concerned Not concerned at all
80%
CHICAGO 2017
Are personally concerned about climate change
total concern
78%
CHI 2016
76%
CHI 2015
76%
U.S. 2017
IMPACTS
Chicagoans feel climate impacts at slightly lower rates
than Americans nationally.
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 6
Chicagoans notice climate impacts at rates on par with the national average:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 7
Question: Have you noticed more severe weather and changing seasonal weather patterns where you live over the last several years?
16%
No
6%
Not sure
78%
Yes
78%
U.S. 2017
Chicagoans are feeling personally affected by climate change:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 8
Question: How much are the following issues personally affecting you? (percent total affected)
Affected by the
increased cost
of energy
65%CHICAGO 2017
Affected by
increased rates of
breathing problems
47%CHICAGO 2017
Affected by record
heat waves
56%CHICAGO 2017
Affected by more
frequent and
severe droughts
45%CHICAGO 2017
Affected by
increased hardships
for poorer families
50%CHICAGO 2017
67%
U.S. 2017
59%
U.S. 2017
58%
U.S. 2017
50%
U.S. 2017
48%
U.S. 2017
$
CLIMATE VALUES
Chicagoans have slightly stronger climate values than
Americans overall.
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 9
Chicagoans say clean water is a critical right for all:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 10
Strongly agree Not so strongly agree Not so strongly disagree Strongly disagree N/A
89%
CHICAGO 2017
Say clean water is a critical right for all people
total agree
86%
CHI 2016
90%
CHI 2015
88%
U.S. 2017
Chicagoans feel a moral responsiblity to act on climate:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 11
Strongly agree Not so strongly agree Not so strongly disagree Strongly disagree N/A
86%
CHICAGO 2017
Say we have a moral responsibility to create a safe and healthy climate for ourselves and our children
total agree
85%
CHI 2016
89%
CHI 2015
83%
U.S. 2017
Chicagoans believe clean air and clean energy are also critical rights for all:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 12
Say clean air is a critical right
for all people
88%CHICAGO 2017
Say clean energy that does not
pollute the air or water is a critical
right for all people
88%CHICAGO 2017
86%
U.S. 2017
84%
U.S. 2017
HOPE & OPTIMISM
Like other Americans, Chicagoans are hopeful we can
reduce the pollution that causes climate change, but are
increasingly pessimistic about government’s ability to agree
on how to do it.
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 13
A majority of Chicagoans believe we can address climate change, but are unsure
our government can work together to do so:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 14
Are hopeful that we can reduce
the pollution that is causing
climate change
84%CHICAGO 2017
81%
CHI 2016
83%
CHI 2015
76%
U.S. 2017
Say we could address climate change
effectively, but our government is broken
and cannot agree on how do it
77%CHICAGO 2017
71%
CHI 2016
73%
CHI 2015
68%
U.S. 2017
Chicagoans say the private sector is most likely to advance climate solutions:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 15
Federal government is
most likely to advance solutions
on climate change
30%CHICAGO 2017
41%
CHI 2016
33%
CHI 2015
28%
U.S. 2017
Private sector is most
likely to advance solutions on
climate change
34%CHICAGO 2017
34%
CHI 2016
46%
CHI 2015
42%
U.S. 2017
ENERGY
Chicagoans strongly support clean energy and a pollution
fee on companies responsible for polluting our air.
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 16
Chicagoans strongly favor producing more clean energy over any other source:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 17
Question: Please indicate if you think the United States should be producing more or less energy from each source as it is today. (percent total more)
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
100
CoalNuclearOilNatural gasWind and Solar
8785
8990
6362
58
64
4745
4043 4344
3735 37
31
27
23
CH‫ا‬CAGO 2017 (%)U.S. 2017 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2016 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2015 (%)
A majority of Chicagoans favor imposing a fee on corporate polluters:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 18
Strongly agree Not so strongly agree Not so strongly disagree Strongly disagree
85%
CHICAGO 2017
Favor a proposal to reduce climate change pollution by charging large companies a fee for the pollution they create
total favor
82%
CHI 2016
79%
CHI 2015
81%
U.S. 2017
PERSONAL BENEFITS
Chicagoans recognize the benefits climate solutions will
bring to their health, the economy, and jobs.
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 19
Over two-thirds of Chicagoans say preventing climate change will improve our health
and the economy:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 20
Question: If the United States took steps to prevent future climate change, it would: (percent total improve/increase)
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
Improve health
67
71
72
67
Improve the economy
64
69
65
64
CH‫ا‬CAGO 2017 (%)U.S. 2017 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2016 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2015 (%)
Well over half of Chicagoans believe preventing climate change will increase jobs,
but half think it will increase energy costs:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 21
Question: If the United States took steps to prevent future climate change, it would: (percent total improve/increase)
Note: “Increase cost of energy” first asked in 2017, no 2016-2015 data
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
Increase jobs
Increase cost of energy
56
60
60
61
54
51
CH‫ا‬CAGO 2017 (%)U.S. 2017 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2016 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2015 (%)
$
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Chicagoans say their city is steadily increasing their efforts
to act on climate solutions and want their city to do more
to prepare for climate impacts and engage citizens.
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 22
More Chicagoans want their city to prepare for climate change than the
national average:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 23
I want my city to prepare for the
impacts of climate change
78%CHӏCAGO 2017
78%
CHI 2015
72%
U.S. 2017
Chicagoans are noticing their city’s efforts to lead on climate, but there is room
to improve:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 24
Say the city is
conserving energy
Say the city is talking
to public about
climate change
Say the city is educating
others about
climate change
38%CHICAGO 2017
20%CHICAGO 2017
20%CHICAGO 2017
34%
CHI 2016
28%
CHI 2015
32%
U.S. 2017
15%
CHI 2016
11%
CHI 2015
21%
U.S. 2017
11%
CHI 2016
13%
CHI 2015
24%
U.S. 2017
Most Chicagoans believe communities need to prepare for climate impacts, with
over half strongly believing this:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 25
Strongly agree Not so strongly agree Not so strongly disagree Strongly disagree N/A
86%
CHICAGO 2017
Believe communities need to prepare for floods and droughts and minimize their impact
total agree
83%
U.S. 2017
Chicagoans believe it is the government’s responsibility to prepare their communities
for climate impacts:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 26
Strongly agree Not so strongly agree Not so strongly disagree Strongly disagree N/A
79%
CHICAGO 2017
Believe government needs to protect all people from the impacts of extreme weather
total agree
70%
U.S. 2017
Chicagoans’ desire for their city to do more on climate has risen significantly:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 27
Want the city to
conserve energy
Want the city to talk
to the public about
climate change
Want the city to
educate others about
climate change
47%CHICAGO 2017
30%CHICAGO 2017
34%CHICAGO 2017
30%
CHI 2016
32%
CHI 2015
41%
U.S. 2017
20%
CHI 2016
17%
CHI 2015
29%
U.S. 2017
23%
CHI 2016
22%
CHI 2015
33%
U.S. 2017
AGENCY & URGENCY
Chicagoans believe they must act on climate today,
personally and collectively.
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 28
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 29
Chicagoans increasingly believe they can reduce pollution, at higher rates vs. nationally:
Believe we can reduce the pollution that
is causing climate change
86%CHICAGO 2017
Believe I can reduce the pollution that
is causing climate change
77%CHICAGO 2017
82%
CHI 2016
83%
CHI 2015
76%
U.S. 2017
74%
CHI 2016
73%
CHI 2015
68%
U.S. 2017
Chicagoans feel a great deal of collective and personal urgency to reduce pollution
causing climate change:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 30
Believe we need to take action now to
reduce the pollution that is causing
climate change
84%CHӏCAGO 2017
Believe I need to take action now to
reduce the pollution that is causing
climate change
76%CHӏCAGO 2017
79%
CHI 2016
84%
CHI 2015
77%
U.S. 2017
73%
CHI 2016
74%
CHI 2015
70%
U.S. 2017
PERSONAL ACTION
Chicagoans exhibit stronger climate-friendly behaviors than
national averages, including voting for candidates based on
their support for taking action on climate.
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 31
Chicagoans are taking part in more climate-friendly behaviors:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 32
Upgraded appliances to
conserve energy at home
69%CHICAGO 2017
Discussed climate change
with family and friends
71%CHICAGO 2017
68%
CHI 2016
65%
CHI 2015
66%
U.S. 2017
69%
CHI 2016
64%
CHI 2015
69%
U.S. 2017
Discussed climate change
with colleagues
46%CHICAGO 2017
43%
CHI 2016
37%
CHI 2015
41%
U.S. 2017
Chicagoans are using public transit and biking and walking more than the
national average:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 33
Note: All questions were first asked in 2017, no data from 2015-2016
Shifted toward
public transport
39%CHICAGO 2017
Shifted toward biking
or walking
43%CHICAGO 2017
39%
U.S. 2017
31%
U.S. 2017
24%
U.S. 2017
Shifted toward
hybrid cars
24%CHICAGO 2017
Over one-third of Chicagoans are participating in civic engagement to support
climate action:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 34
Contacted or voted for a candidate
based on his/her support for
taking action on climate change
36%CHӏCAGO 2017
35%
U.S. 2017
INFORMATION & TRUST
Scientists and health professionals lead the many trusted
messengers on climate information for Chicagoans.
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 35
Chicagoans are receiving climate information from a variety of sources:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 36
Question: Have you heard or read anything recently about climate change from any of the following? (percent total)
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
100
None of theseChurch and
faith leaders
Local community
leaders
Companies and
business leaders
Health
professionals
Professors and
educators
Federal elected
officials
Friends and
family
News and media
CH‫ا‬CAGO 2017 (%)U.S. 2017 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2016 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2015 (%)
65
69 68 67
36 36
28 27
29 29 29 30
24
19
21
19 20 2021
16 15 16
18
16 16
14 15
12
10 9
7
12
18 18
21
23
Chicagoans trust scientists and health professionals most for climate change information:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 37
Question: As a source of information about climate change, how much do you trust the following? (percent total)
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
100
The PresidentMedia, TV news and internetHealth professionalsEnvironmental organizationsScientists
70
82
75
79
61
68
64 63 62
71
67
60
46 49
46
36
23
31
49
40
CH‫ا‬CAGO 2017 (%)U.S. 2017 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2016 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2015 (%)
SHIFTS
Since 2016, the largest shifts in climate attitudes for
Chicagoans have been in the areas of impacts, trust, and
desire for the city to act.
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 38
Chicagoans trust President Trump less than half as much as President Obama:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 39
Question: As a source of information about climate change, how much do you trust the following? (percent total)
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
100
2016 (%)
Trust President Obama
2017 (%)
Trust President Trump
23
49
Chicagoans increasingly trust companies, corporations, and local leaders on climate:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 40
Trust companies
and corporations
29%CHӏCAGO 2017
Trust local
community leaders
42%CHӏCAGO 2017
19%
CHI 2016
31%
CHI 2016
Question: As a source of information about climate change, how much do you trust the following? (percent total)
Chicagoans have an increased desire for their city to do more to act on climate:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 41
Question: What actions do you wish your city or town were taking on climate change? (percent total)
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
90
100
Talk to the public about
climate change
Educate others about
climate change
Purchase renewable
energy
Conserve energy
47
30
41
29
34
23
30
20
CH‫ا‬CAGO 2017 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2016 (%)
Chicagoans have less faith in the federal government's likeliness to address climate:
American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 42
Say the federal government is most
likely to reduce climate change
30%CHӏCAGO 2017
41%
CHI 2016
ecoAmerica builds a critical mass of institutional leadership,
public support and political will for definitive climate solutions in the United States.
Learn more at ecoAmerica.org
Thank you!
Methodology
ecoAmerica and Lake Research Partners (LRP) designed and LRP administered this survey, conducted
online September 25-27, 2017. The survey yielded a total of 802 adult responses, and separately, 400
adults in Chicago. The samples were drawn from an online panel, and the respondents were screened
to ensure that they were over age 18. The national sample was weighted slightly by gender, region, age,
education, and race. The Chicago sample was weighted slightly by gender, region, age, and race. The
margin of error for the sample is +/-3.5%. In interpreting survey results, all sample surveys are subject
to possible sampling errors, i.e., the results of a survey may differ from those that would be obtained if
The entire population were interviewed. The size of the sampling error depends on both the total number
of respondents in the survey and the percentage distribution of responses to a particular question. For
example, if 50% of the respondents in a sample of 900 respondents answered “Yes” to a particular question,
we can be 95% confident that the true percentage will fall within 3.3. points, or from 46.5% to 53.5%
Learn more at ecoAmerica.org

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Chicagoans Believe in Climate Change and Want More Action

  • 1. American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago
  • 2. BELIEF & CONCERN Chicagoans believe in and are concerned about climate change. They are more likely to be concerned about climate change than other U.S. citizens. American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 2
  • 3. A majority of Chicagoans believe climate change is happening: 80% United States 2017 Chicago 2017 89% American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 3 Question: Climate change refers to the idea that world’s average temperature is increasing, may increase more in the future, and that the world’s climate may change as a result. What do you think? (percent total “Yes, climate change is happening”)
  • 4. Most Chicagoans attribute climate change to human activities: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 4 Question: When it comes to climate change, which of the following is closer to your opinion? (percent total agree) 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 Combination of both human activities and natural causes Mainly due to human activities Mainly due to natural causes Climate change is not happening Not sure 49 54 54 55 27 30 28 27 17 9 12 11 3 2 2 4 4 5 5 2 CH‫ا‬CAGO 2017 (%)U.S. 2017 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2016 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2015 (%)
  • 5. Chicagoans are more concerned about climate change than two years ago: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 5 Very concerned Somewhat concerned A little concerned Not concerned at all 80% CHICAGO 2017 Are personally concerned about climate change total concern 78% CHI 2016 76% CHI 2015 76% U.S. 2017
  • 6. IMPACTS Chicagoans feel climate impacts at slightly lower rates than Americans nationally. American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 6
  • 7. Chicagoans notice climate impacts at rates on par with the national average: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 7 Question: Have you noticed more severe weather and changing seasonal weather patterns where you live over the last several years? 16% No 6% Not sure 78% Yes 78% U.S. 2017
  • 8. Chicagoans are feeling personally affected by climate change: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 8 Question: How much are the following issues personally affecting you? (percent total affected) Affected by the increased cost of energy 65%CHICAGO 2017 Affected by increased rates of breathing problems 47%CHICAGO 2017 Affected by record heat waves 56%CHICAGO 2017 Affected by more frequent and severe droughts 45%CHICAGO 2017 Affected by increased hardships for poorer families 50%CHICAGO 2017 67% U.S. 2017 59% U.S. 2017 58% U.S. 2017 50% U.S. 2017 48% U.S. 2017 $
  • 9. CLIMATE VALUES Chicagoans have slightly stronger climate values than Americans overall. American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 9
  • 10. Chicagoans say clean water is a critical right for all: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 10 Strongly agree Not so strongly agree Not so strongly disagree Strongly disagree N/A 89% CHICAGO 2017 Say clean water is a critical right for all people total agree 86% CHI 2016 90% CHI 2015 88% U.S. 2017
  • 11. Chicagoans feel a moral responsiblity to act on climate: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 11 Strongly agree Not so strongly agree Not so strongly disagree Strongly disagree N/A 86% CHICAGO 2017 Say we have a moral responsibility to create a safe and healthy climate for ourselves and our children total agree 85% CHI 2016 89% CHI 2015 83% U.S. 2017
  • 12. Chicagoans believe clean air and clean energy are also critical rights for all: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 12 Say clean air is a critical right for all people 88%CHICAGO 2017 Say clean energy that does not pollute the air or water is a critical right for all people 88%CHICAGO 2017 86% U.S. 2017 84% U.S. 2017
  • 13. HOPE & OPTIMISM Like other Americans, Chicagoans are hopeful we can reduce the pollution that causes climate change, but are increasingly pessimistic about government’s ability to agree on how to do it. American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 13
  • 14. A majority of Chicagoans believe we can address climate change, but are unsure our government can work together to do so: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 14 Are hopeful that we can reduce the pollution that is causing climate change 84%CHICAGO 2017 81% CHI 2016 83% CHI 2015 76% U.S. 2017 Say we could address climate change effectively, but our government is broken and cannot agree on how do it 77%CHICAGO 2017 71% CHI 2016 73% CHI 2015 68% U.S. 2017
  • 15. Chicagoans say the private sector is most likely to advance climate solutions: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 15 Federal government is most likely to advance solutions on climate change 30%CHICAGO 2017 41% CHI 2016 33% CHI 2015 28% U.S. 2017 Private sector is most likely to advance solutions on climate change 34%CHICAGO 2017 34% CHI 2016 46% CHI 2015 42% U.S. 2017
  • 16. ENERGY Chicagoans strongly support clean energy and a pollution fee on companies responsible for polluting our air. American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 16
  • 17. Chicagoans strongly favor producing more clean energy over any other source: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 17 Question: Please indicate if you think the United States should be producing more or less energy from each source as it is today. (percent total more) 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 CoalNuclearOilNatural gasWind and Solar 8785 8990 6362 58 64 4745 4043 4344 3735 37 31 27 23 CH‫ا‬CAGO 2017 (%)U.S. 2017 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2016 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2015 (%)
  • 18. A majority of Chicagoans favor imposing a fee on corporate polluters: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 18 Strongly agree Not so strongly agree Not so strongly disagree Strongly disagree 85% CHICAGO 2017 Favor a proposal to reduce climate change pollution by charging large companies a fee for the pollution they create total favor 82% CHI 2016 79% CHI 2015 81% U.S. 2017
  • 19. PERSONAL BENEFITS Chicagoans recognize the benefits climate solutions will bring to their health, the economy, and jobs. American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 19
  • 20. Over two-thirds of Chicagoans say preventing climate change will improve our health and the economy: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 20 Question: If the United States took steps to prevent future climate change, it would: (percent total improve/increase) 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Improve health 67 71 72 67 Improve the economy 64 69 65 64 CH‫ا‬CAGO 2017 (%)U.S. 2017 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2016 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2015 (%)
  • 21. Well over half of Chicagoans believe preventing climate change will increase jobs, but half think it will increase energy costs: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 21 Question: If the United States took steps to prevent future climate change, it would: (percent total improve/increase) Note: “Increase cost of energy” first asked in 2017, no 2016-2015 data 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Increase jobs Increase cost of energy 56 60 60 61 54 51 CH‫ا‬CAGO 2017 (%)U.S. 2017 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2016 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2015 (%) $
  • 22. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT Chicagoans say their city is steadily increasing their efforts to act on climate solutions and want their city to do more to prepare for climate impacts and engage citizens. American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 22
  • 23. More Chicagoans want their city to prepare for climate change than the national average: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 23 I want my city to prepare for the impacts of climate change 78%CHӏCAGO 2017 78% CHI 2015 72% U.S. 2017
  • 24. Chicagoans are noticing their city’s efforts to lead on climate, but there is room to improve: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 24 Say the city is conserving energy Say the city is talking to public about climate change Say the city is educating others about climate change 38%CHICAGO 2017 20%CHICAGO 2017 20%CHICAGO 2017 34% CHI 2016 28% CHI 2015 32% U.S. 2017 15% CHI 2016 11% CHI 2015 21% U.S. 2017 11% CHI 2016 13% CHI 2015 24% U.S. 2017
  • 25. Most Chicagoans believe communities need to prepare for climate impacts, with over half strongly believing this: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 25 Strongly agree Not so strongly agree Not so strongly disagree Strongly disagree N/A 86% CHICAGO 2017 Believe communities need to prepare for floods and droughts and minimize their impact total agree 83% U.S. 2017
  • 26. Chicagoans believe it is the government’s responsibility to prepare their communities for climate impacts: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 26 Strongly agree Not so strongly agree Not so strongly disagree Strongly disagree N/A 79% CHICAGO 2017 Believe government needs to protect all people from the impacts of extreme weather total agree 70% U.S. 2017
  • 27. Chicagoans’ desire for their city to do more on climate has risen significantly: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 27 Want the city to conserve energy Want the city to talk to the public about climate change Want the city to educate others about climate change 47%CHICAGO 2017 30%CHICAGO 2017 34%CHICAGO 2017 30% CHI 2016 32% CHI 2015 41% U.S. 2017 20% CHI 2016 17% CHI 2015 29% U.S. 2017 23% CHI 2016 22% CHI 2015 33% U.S. 2017
  • 28. AGENCY & URGENCY Chicagoans believe they must act on climate today, personally and collectively. American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 28
  • 29. American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 29 Chicagoans increasingly believe they can reduce pollution, at higher rates vs. nationally: Believe we can reduce the pollution that is causing climate change 86%CHICAGO 2017 Believe I can reduce the pollution that is causing climate change 77%CHICAGO 2017 82% CHI 2016 83% CHI 2015 76% U.S. 2017 74% CHI 2016 73% CHI 2015 68% U.S. 2017
  • 30. Chicagoans feel a great deal of collective and personal urgency to reduce pollution causing climate change: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 30 Believe we need to take action now to reduce the pollution that is causing climate change 84%CHӏCAGO 2017 Believe I need to take action now to reduce the pollution that is causing climate change 76%CHӏCAGO 2017 79% CHI 2016 84% CHI 2015 77% U.S. 2017 73% CHI 2016 74% CHI 2015 70% U.S. 2017
  • 31. PERSONAL ACTION Chicagoans exhibit stronger climate-friendly behaviors than national averages, including voting for candidates based on their support for taking action on climate. American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 31
  • 32. Chicagoans are taking part in more climate-friendly behaviors: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 32 Upgraded appliances to conserve energy at home 69%CHICAGO 2017 Discussed climate change with family and friends 71%CHICAGO 2017 68% CHI 2016 65% CHI 2015 66% U.S. 2017 69% CHI 2016 64% CHI 2015 69% U.S. 2017 Discussed climate change with colleagues 46%CHICAGO 2017 43% CHI 2016 37% CHI 2015 41% U.S. 2017
  • 33. Chicagoans are using public transit and biking and walking more than the national average: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 33 Note: All questions were first asked in 2017, no data from 2015-2016 Shifted toward public transport 39%CHICAGO 2017 Shifted toward biking or walking 43%CHICAGO 2017 39% U.S. 2017 31% U.S. 2017 24% U.S. 2017 Shifted toward hybrid cars 24%CHICAGO 2017
  • 34. Over one-third of Chicagoans are participating in civic engagement to support climate action: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 34 Contacted or voted for a candidate based on his/her support for taking action on climate change 36%CHӏCAGO 2017 35% U.S. 2017
  • 35. INFORMATION & TRUST Scientists and health professionals lead the many trusted messengers on climate information for Chicagoans. American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 35
  • 36. Chicagoans are receiving climate information from a variety of sources: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 36 Question: Have you heard or read anything recently about climate change from any of the following? (percent total) 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 None of theseChurch and faith leaders Local community leaders Companies and business leaders Health professionals Professors and educators Federal elected officials Friends and family News and media CH‫ا‬CAGO 2017 (%)U.S. 2017 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2016 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2015 (%) 65 69 68 67 36 36 28 27 29 29 29 30 24 19 21 19 20 2021 16 15 16 18 16 16 14 15 12 10 9 7 12 18 18 21 23
  • 37. Chicagoans trust scientists and health professionals most for climate change information: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 37 Question: As a source of information about climate change, how much do you trust the following? (percent total) 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 The PresidentMedia, TV news and internetHealth professionalsEnvironmental organizationsScientists 70 82 75 79 61 68 64 63 62 71 67 60 46 49 46 36 23 31 49 40 CH‫ا‬CAGO 2017 (%)U.S. 2017 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2016 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2015 (%)
  • 38. SHIFTS Since 2016, the largest shifts in climate attitudes for Chicagoans have been in the areas of impacts, trust, and desire for the city to act. American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 38
  • 39. Chicagoans trust President Trump less than half as much as President Obama: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 39 Question: As a source of information about climate change, how much do you trust the following? (percent total) 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 2016 (%) Trust President Obama 2017 (%) Trust President Trump 23 49
  • 40. Chicagoans increasingly trust companies, corporations, and local leaders on climate: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 40 Trust companies and corporations 29%CHӏCAGO 2017 Trust local community leaders 42%CHӏCAGO 2017 19% CHI 2016 31% CHI 2016 Question: As a source of information about climate change, how much do you trust the following? (percent total)
  • 41. Chicagoans have an increased desire for their city to do more to act on climate: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 41 Question: What actions do you wish your city or town were taking on climate change? (percent total) 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Talk to the public about climate change Educate others about climate change Purchase renewable energy Conserve energy 47 30 41 29 34 23 30 20 CH‫ا‬CAGO 2017 (%) CH‫ا‬CAGO 2016 (%)
  • 42. Chicagoans have less faith in the federal government's likeliness to address climate: American Climate Metrics Survey 2017 Chicago | 42 Say the federal government is most likely to reduce climate change 30%CHӏCAGO 2017 41% CHI 2016
  • 43. ecoAmerica builds a critical mass of institutional leadership, public support and political will for definitive climate solutions in the United States. Learn more at ecoAmerica.org Thank you!
  • 44. Methodology ecoAmerica and Lake Research Partners (LRP) designed and LRP administered this survey, conducted online September 25-27, 2017. The survey yielded a total of 802 adult responses, and separately, 400 adults in Chicago. The samples were drawn from an online panel, and the respondents were screened to ensure that they were over age 18. The national sample was weighted slightly by gender, region, age, education, and race. The Chicago sample was weighted slightly by gender, region, age, and race. The margin of error for the sample is +/-3.5%. In interpreting survey results, all sample surveys are subject to possible sampling errors, i.e., the results of a survey may differ from those that would be obtained if The entire population were interviewed. The size of the sampling error depends on both the total number of respondents in the survey and the percentage distribution of responses to a particular question. For example, if 50% of the respondents in a sample of 900 respondents answered “Yes” to a particular question, we can be 95% confident that the true percentage will fall within 3.3. points, or from 46.5% to 53.5% Learn more at ecoAmerica.org