Alex Paterson

Graphics: How Canadians really feel about climate change

November 8, 2013

Canada 2020 and the University of Montreal have released a new survey showing Canadians are more concerned, more informed, more willing to pay, and more demanding of federal action on climate change than Americans.

The nationally representative telephone survey interviewed 1502 adult Canadians during the month of October, yielding a margin of error of +/- 2.5 per cent, in 19 out of 20 samples. The study, run concurrently with researchers in the U.S. highlights a stark contrast between the leadership Canadians want on climate change, and the kind of leadership they are getting.

The full survey, interactive maps, and other resources are posted at www.canada2020backup.see-design.com/climatepoll. Below, we have selected some of the more surprising results.

How confident are you that the average temperature on earth is increasing?

Is there solid evidence that the average temperature on earth has been getting warmer over the past four decades?

How concerned are you about the issue of climate change?

Rich countries like Canada [the US] have a moral obligation to show international leadership by reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.

How much do you support Canada [the US] signing onto an agreement [Even if it means doing so ahead of other countries such as…]?

Another way to lower greenhouse gases would be to increase taxes on carbon based fuels such as coal, oil, gasoline and natural gas. Would you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose this type of system?

There is a proposed system called cap and trade. Have you heard a lot about this system, a little, or not at all?

How much of a priority should it be for the government to do the following… vs. How would you rate the performance of the Harper government in Ottawa on…

Is there solid evidence that the average temperature on earth has been getting warmer over the past four decades?

Is Canada part of the Kyoto protocol?

Another way to lower greenhouse gas emissions would be to increase taxes on carbon based fuels such as coal, oil, gasoline and natural gas. Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose… etc

There is a proposed system called cap and trade where the government issues permits limiting the amount of greenhouse gases companies can put out. The idea is that many companies find ways to put out less greenhouse gases because that is cheaper than buying permits. Would you strongly support… etc

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