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Alaska Dispatch News poll: Climate change

  • Author: Alaska Dispatch News
  • Updated: January 23
  • Published January 23

Editor's note: Daily through Jan. 25, ADN will publish poll results showing how Alaskans feel about topics ranging from the Affordable Care Act and President-elect Donald Trump's transition to crime and the opioid crisis. 

A strikingly large portion of Alaskans worry about global warming or climate change, though they differ significantly in how much they worry, according to a public opinion poll conducted among 750 respondents last month for Alaska Dispatch News by Ivan Moore's Alaska Survey Research.

The poll showed nearly 72 percent of Alaskans worried at least "a little" about climate change, while 26.7 percent said they never did.

Source: Ivan Moore’’s Alaska Survey Research, December 2016. (Pamela Dunlap-Shohl / Alaska Dispatch News)

Regionally, Southcentral Alaska not including Anchorage had the fewest worries about climate change, with 34.3 percent saying they never worried about it. Only 5 percent of Democrats said they never worried about climate change, while among Republicans, that number was 45.7 percent. Conservatives and progressives had similar disparities.

Source: Ivan Moore’’s Alaska Survey Research, December 2016. (Pamela Dunlap-Shohl / Alaska Dispatch News)

See the full set of questions and cross tabs for this survey question here. The poll was conducted as part of the quarterly Alaska Survey.

The Alaska Survey is a statewide public opinion survey project consisting of 750 interviews with randomly selected Alaskans aged 18+. 500 interviews are conducted on cellphones, 250 on landlines. With the exception of rural Alaska, all numbers for this study are generated randomly onto the set of active Alaska telephone prefixes, with no calling done to lists or phone book records. Survey completions are apportioned appropriately by geographic area in Alaska, and collected data is weighted to make the sample representative of the Alaska population by gender, ethnicity and age, according to latest Census estimates, and also by land/cell phone status. The full sample of 750 (MOE +3.6%) contains a subsample of 624 registered voters (MOE +3.9%).

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