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Energy Seminar: Jon Krosnick, Stanford University, American Public Opinion on Climate Change: The Latest Measurements

Talk Abstract:During the past two decades, headlines on newspapers across the country have proclaimed such things as: "Scientists and the American Public Disagree Sharply over Global Warming." And one U.S. Senator has pronounced that the global warming issue is "dead" in the minds of Americans. Meanwhile, emissions reduction bills, such as Waxman-Markey, have been defeated in the Congress.  Is it really true that Americans reject the opinions of natural scientists on climate change?In this presentation, Professor Krosnick will describe findings from a series of national surveys that he has designed and conducted since 1996, tracking what Americans do and do not believe on this issue and what they do and do not want to have done about it. Surprising results challenge many widely-held presumptions about public opinion and help set the stage for understanding how future legislation on climate change may fare.
**Join us at the Energy Social: 5:20-6:20pm, Huang Foyer**The social is open to Stanford faculty, staff, and students.
Brief Bio:Winner of the American Association for Public Opinion Research’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Jon Krosnick is a social psychologist who does research on attitude formation, change, and effects, on the psychology of political behavior, and on survey research methods.  He is the Frederic O. Glover Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor of Communication, Political Science, and (by courtesy) Psychology. At Stanford, in addition to his professorships, he directs the Political Psychology Research Group and the Summer Institute in Political Psychology. Professor Krosnick’s research program exploring public opinion on the environment is published on the Public Opinion on Climate Change website.



Monday, January 25, 2016. 04:30 PM


NVIDIA auditorium, Huang Engineering


Precourt Institute for Energy


Free and open to all