A second university poll conducted by climate communications programs at Yale and George Mason found the same pattern occurring and for much the same reasons. A key takeaway was a 15 percent rise in the number of respondents who said they were personally experiencing the impacts of Earth’s warming.
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With weather becoming more extreme—including powerful hurricanes, stronger droughts and heatwaves, and increased flooding due to sea-level rise—more Americans are personally experiencing the effects of climate change. It is, therefore, no surprise that this increase in danger is accompanied by an increase in worry about global warming. In our recent nationally representative survey of American adults, more than six in ten said they were “very” or “somewhat” worried about global warming, whereas fewer than half did in 2010.