Question Wording: Who Should Take Action

Question wording for graphics on “Who Should Take Action” page. Note: question wording has altered slightly between some years.  Experiments have shown no significant different between results obtained with these different wordings.

Graph: Percent of Americans Who Believe That Government Should Do At Least a Moderate Amount to Deal With Global Warming
Question wording: (1997-8) “Now, I’d like to ask you who you feel is responsible for doing something to deal with global warming. There are a number of possible groups of people who could do something, including the U.S. government, governments in other countries around the world, businesses, and average people. I’m going to ask you questions about how much each of these groups should do about global warming. First, how much do you think the U.S. government should do about global warming? A great deal, quite a bit, some, a little, or nothing?”; (2009-2010)”How much do you think the U.S. government should do about global warming? A great deal, quite a bit, some, a little, or nothing?”; (2012-2014) “How much do you think the U.S. government should do about global warming – a great deal, a lot, a moderate amount, a little, or nothing?”; (2015, 2018) [random half of sample] “How much do you think the U.S. government should do about global warming – a great deal, a lot, a moderate amount, a little, or nothing?”; (2015) [other half of sample] “How much do you think the U.S. government should do about global warming – a great deal, quite a bit, some, a little, or nothing?”

Graph: Percent of Americans Who Believe That The Federal Government Should Do More To Deal With Global Warming
(note: to create the graphic, we compared the answer of the first question to the answer of the second question)

First question
Question wording: (1997-8) “Now, I’d like to ask you who you feel is responsible for doing something to deal with global warming. There are a number of possible groups of people who could do something, including the U.S. government, governments in other countries around the world, businesses, and average people. I’m going to ask you questions about how much each of these groups should do about global warming. First, how much do you think the U.S. government should do about global warming? A great deal, quite a bit, some, a little, or nothing?”; (2009-2010)”How much do you think the U.S. government should do about global warming? A great deal, quite a bit, some, a little, or nothing?”; (2012-2014) “How much do you think the U.S. government should do about global warming – a great deal, a lot, a moderate amount, a little, or nothing?”; (2015, 2018) [random half of sample] “How much do you think the U.S. government should do about global warming – a great deal, a lot, a moderate amount, a little, or nothing?”; (2015) [other half of sample] “How much do you think the U.S. government should do about global warming – a great deal, quite a bit, some, a little, or nothing?”

Second question
(1997-8, 2009-2010) “How much do you think the U.S. government is doing now to deal with global warming? A great deal, quite a bit, some, a little, or nothing?”; (2012-2013) “How much do you think the U.S. government is doing now to deal with global warming – a great deal, a lot, a moderate amount, a little, or nothing?”; (2015, 2018) [random half of sample] “How much do you think the U.S. government is doing now to deal with global warming – a great deal, a lot, a moderate amount, a little, or nothing?”; (2015) [other half of sample] “How much do you think the U.S. government is doing now to deal with global warming – a great deal, quite a bit, some, a little, or nothing?”

Graph: Personal Importance of Global Warming to President Obama
Question wording: (2015) “How important do you think the issue of global warming should be personally to President Obama– extremely important, very important, moderately important, slightly important, or not important at all?”;

Question wording: (2015) “How important do you think the issue of global warming is personally to President Obama – extremely important, very important, moderately important, slightly important, or not important at all?”

Graph: Percentage of Americans Who Desire a Change or No Change in President Obama’s Personal Importance
To develop this graph we used answers from the following two questions regarding how much important Americans thought global warming should be to President Obama and how important Americans thought global warming is to President Obama.

Question wording: (2015) “How important do you think the issue of global warming should be personally to President Obama– extremely important, very important, moderately important, slightly important, or not important at all?”;

Question wording: (2015) “How important do you think the issue of global warming is personally to President Obama – extremely important, very important, moderately important, slightly important, or not important at all?”

Graph: Personal Importance of Global Warming to Congressional Democrats
Question wording: (2015) “How important do you think the issue of global warming should be personally to the Democrats in the United States Congress – extremely important, very important, moderately important, slightly important, or not important at all?”

Question wording: (2015) “How important do you think the issue of global warming is personally to the Democrats in the United States Congress– extremely important, very important, moderately important, slightly important, or not important at all?”

Graph: Percentage of Americans Who Desire a Change or No Change in Congressional Democrats’ Personal Importance
To develop this graph we used answers from the following two questions regarding how much important Americans thought global warming should be to Congressional Democrats and how important Americans thought global warming is to Congressional Democrats.

Question wording: (2015) “How important do you think the issue of global warming should be personally to the Democrats in the United States Congress – extremely important, very important, moderately important, slightly important, or not important at all?”

Question wording: (2015) “How important do you think the issue of global warming is personally to the Democrats in the United States Congress– extremely important, very important, moderately important, slightly important, or not important at all?”

Graph: Personal Importance of Global Warming to Congressional Republicans
Question wording: (2015) “How important do you think the issue of global warming should be personally to the Republicans in the United States Congress – extremely important, very important, moderately important, slightly important, or not important at all?”

Question wording: (2015) “How important do you think the issue of global warming is personally to the Republicans in the United States Congress– extremely important, very important, moderately important, slightly important, or not important at all?”

Graph: Percentage of Americans Who Desire a Change or No Change in Congressional Republicans’ Personal Importance
To develop this graph we used answers from the following two questions regarding how much important Americans thought global warming should be to Congressional Republicans and how important Americans thought global warming is to Congressional Republicans.

Question wording: (2015) “How important do you think the issue of global warming should be personally to the Republicans in the United States Congress – extremely important, very important, moderately important, slightly important, or not important at all?”

Question wording: (2015) “How important do you think the issue of global warming is personally to the Republicans in the United States Congress– extremely important, very important, moderately important, slightly important, or not important at all?”

Graph: Percent of Americans Who Think That U.S. Businesses Should Do More About Global Warming
To develop this graph we used answers from the following two questions regarding how much Americans thought U.S. businesses should do about global warming and how much U.S. businesses are doing about global warming.

Question wording on how much Americans think U.S. businesses should do about global warming: (2012-2013, 2015, 2018) “How much do you think U.S. businesses should do about global warming – a great deal, a lot, a moderate amount, a little, or nothing?”; (1997-8, 2009-2010) “ How much do you think U.S. businesses should do about global warming? A great deal, quite a bit, some, a little, or nothing?”

Question wording on how much Americans think U.S. businesses are doing about global warming: (2012-2013, 2015, 2018) “How much do you think U.S. businesses are doing about global warming – a great deal, a lot, a moderate amount, a little, or nothing?”; (1997-8, 2009-2010) “How much do you think U.S. businesses are doing about global warming? A great deal, quite a bit, some, a little, or nothing?”

Graph: Percent of Americans Who Think That Average People Should Do More About Global Warming
To develop this graph we used answers from the following two questions regarding how much Americans thought average people should do about global warming and how much average people are doing about global warming.

Question wording on how much Americans think the average person should do about global warming: (2013, 2015, 2018) “How much do you think average people should do about global warming – a great deal, a lot, a moderate amount, a little, or nothing?”; (1997-8, 2009-2010) “How much do you think average people should do about global warming? A great deal, quite a bit, some, a little, or nothing?”

Question wording on how much Americans think average people are doing about global warming: (2013, 2015, 2018) “How much do you think average people are doing now to deal with global warming? A great deal, a lot, a moderate amount, a little, or nothing?”; (1997-8, 2009-2010) “How much do you think average people are doing about global warming? A great deal, quite a bit, some, a little, or nothing?”

Advertisements