This story was originally published by Huffington Post and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.
Most Americans believe climate change is real and want the U.S. to take the lead in fighting it, according to a set of HuffPost/YouGov surveys taken during the run-up to the Paris climate summit, a meeting of more than 100 world leaders to discuss taking action against climate change.
(See the full poll results here and here.)
A 52 percent majority of Americans think the U.S. should take a global leadership role in trying to prevent climate change, while 26 percent think it should not, with the rest unsure.
Just 28 percent, though, believe the U.S. has so far done more than most other countries to address climate change, with a third saying the country’s record is about average, and 19 percent that it’s done less than other nations. Nearly half — 46 percent — want the next president to do more than President Barack Obama has to combat global warming, while just 19 percent want the next president to do less.
Of those who believe the world’s climate is changing, a 44 percent plurality think efforts... Read more