Question Wording: Voter Behavior

Question wording for graphics on “Voter Behavior” page.

Graph: Percent of Americans Who Are Part of the Global Warming Issue Public
Question wording: “How much do you feel you know about global warming – a lot, a moderate amount, a little, or nothing?”

Graph: Impact of Green Stance on the Likelihood of Voting For a Senaotrial or Presidential Candidate
Question wording: (2015)

Next, I will read you a statement that could be made by someone who wants to be a United States Senator or President of the United States. Here is the statement:

“I believe that global warming has been happening for the past 100 years, mainly because we have been burning fossil fuels and putting out greenhouse gasses. Now is the time for us to be using new forms of energy that are made in America and will be renewable forever. We can manufacture better cars that use less gasoline and build better appliances that use less electricity. We need to transform the outdated ways of generating energy into new ones that create jobs and entire industries, and stop the damage we’ve been doing to the environment.”

If a candidate says this, would this make you more likely to vote for this candidate, less likely to vote for this candidate, or would it not affect how likely you would be to vote for this candidate?

Graph: Impact of non-Green Stance on the Likelihood of Voting for a Senatorial or Presidential Candidate
Question wording: (2015)

Next, I will read you a statement that could be made by someone who wants to be a United States Senator or President of the United States. Here is the statement:

“The science on global warming is a hoax and is an attempt to perpetrate a fraud on the American people. I don’t buy into the whole man-caused global warming mantra. We must spend no effort to deal with something that is not a problem at all. We should not invest in windmills and solar panels as alternative energy sources. Instead we should continue to focus on our traditional sources of energy: coal, oil, and natural gas. We should expand energy production in our country, including continuing to mine our coal and doing more drilling for oil here at home.”

If a candidate says this, would this make you more likely to vote for this candidate, less likely to vote for this candidate, or would it not affect how likely you would be to vote for this candidate?

Graph: Impact of “I am not a scientist” Stance on the Likelihood of Voting For a Senatorial or Presidential Candidate
Question wording: (2015)

Next, I will read you a statement that could be made by someone who wants to be a United States Senator or President of the United States. Here is the statement:

“When people ask me if I believe global warming has been happening, I’m not qualified to debate the science over climate change, because I am not a scientist. When people ask me if I believe human activity causes global warming, I don’t know. There is significant scientific dispute about that. We can debate this forever. I am not qualified to make this decision. But I am astute enough to understand that every proposal to deal with climate change involves hurting our economy and killing American jobs.”

If a candidate says this, would this make you more likely to vote for this candidate, less likely to vote for this candidate, or would it not affect how likely you would be to vote for this candidate?