Support for an International Climate Change Treaty among American and Chinese Adults

By Eric Jamelske, James Boulter, Won Yong Jang, Laurie Miller and Wen Li Han.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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We empirically examined citizen views on climate change in China and the United States, including an analysis of factors affecting public support for joining an international climate change treaty. We conducted face-to-face intercept surveys of Chinese adults (N=2,047) and online surveys of American adults (N=1,306) between September and November 2013. Overall, Chinese adults were more likely to accept the realities of anthropogenic climate change. Although a supermajority of respondents in both countries support an international climate treaty, support for such action was significantly greater among Chinese respondents compared to Americans. Additionally, a variety of variables reflecting climate change views, including awareness and understanding, were positively correlated with support for a climate treaty in both countries. All else being equal, we also found that more exposure to media content on climate change increased support for a treaty. Lastly, political affiliation was found to have an important influence on support for an international climate treaty in the United States.

Keywords: Climate Change, Global Warming, Public Opinion, International Policy, China, United States

International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp.53-70. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 13, 2017 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 593.357KB)).

Dr. Eric Jamelske

Professor, Department of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI, USA

Dr. James Boulter

Director and Associate Professor, Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI, USA

Dr. Won Yong Jang

Professor, Department of Communication & Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI, USA

Dr. Laurie Miller

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, USA

Dr. Wen Li Han

Professor, Department of Public Administration, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China


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