Figure 1 – Levels of concern about climate change
Figure 2 – Concern about climate change has increased among the majority of polling respondents since the cost-of-living crisis and war in Ukraine
Figure 3 – Which of the following concerns about climate change do you feel is most important?
Figure 4 – What do you think is the top reason that the UK should take action to reduce climate change?
Figure 5 – Which do you think is the top concern about the UK taking action to reduce climate change?
Figure 6 – Differences in climate-change concern by values and demographics
Figure 7 – Differences in responses to climate-change questions
Figure 8 – Differences in concerns about the distribution of costs
Figure 9 – Damaging weather is one of your top two concerns
Figure 10 – Concerns about climate change and climate-change action
Figure 11 – Which potential action are you most comfortable with?
Figure 12 – How likely is net zero by 2050?
Figure 13 – Is net zero by 2050 somewhat/very unlikely?
Figure 14 – Likelihood of countries achieving net zero by 2050
- ^ We generate our open-closed scale from the average response to five questions in the British Election Study: (1) Young people today don’t have enough respect traditional British values; (2) For some crimes, the death penalty is the most appropriate sentence; (3) Equal opportunities for gays and lesbians have gone too far; (4) Immigration is bad for the economy; (5) Equal opportunities for ethnic minorities have gone too far.
- ^ We generate our economic left-right scale from the average response to five questions in the British Election Study: (1) Government should redistribute income; (2) Big business takes advantage of ordinary people; (3) Ordinary working people do not get their fair share of the nation’s wealth; (4) There is one law for the rich and one law for the poor; (5) Management will always try to get the better of employees.
- ^ We group each variable into three categories: open/middle/closed, left/centre/right, age <35/35-54/55>, income , qualification AB/C/DE, whether you live in an urban/town/village or rural area. Open-closed and left-right variables are based on percentile scores, with each category set as close to 1/3 of total respondents as the data allows.
- ^ We plot the difference here between the highest and lowest percentage response categories. For all the variables except age, the greatest difference between the lowest subcategories (open-closed, left-right, high income-low income). For age, the highest concern is among the young while the lowest concern is among the middle age. For income, high-income respondents have the greatest concern and low-income respondents the lowest.
- ^ The relevant information in Figure 7 is the relative magnitude of the differences across the six variables. There is no meaningful substantive interpretation of the scale values.