AAPI more likely to believe in climate change: poll

AAPI more likely to believe in climate change: pollAAPI more likely to believe in climate change: poll
via CBS New York
Ryan General
April 19, 2024
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are more likely than the general U.S. population to believe in climate change and its human causes, according to a new poll.
Key points:
  • An overwhelming majority (84%) of AAPI respondents believe climate change is real, compared with 74% of all U.S. adults, according to the AAPI Data and AP-NORC poll
  • Three-quarters of AAPI adults attribute climate change primarily to human activity, compared to 61% of the general adult population.
  • Partisanship appears less influential on AAPI environmental views than the general population.
  • AAPIs may be more invested in climate action due to connections to countries severely affected by climate change.
The details:
  • The poll, conducted from March 4-11, surveyed 1,005 AAPI adults using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based Amplify AAPI Panel. The sample is designed to be representative of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations. 
  • AAPI Democrats express climate change concern at levels similar to Democrats in the general population. AAPI Republicans have a greater belief in climate change than Republicans overall (68% vs. 49%).
  • Adrian Wong, an AAPI conservative, suggested to AP that higher exposure to scientific fields could contribute to greater awareness and acceptance of climate change.
  • Respondents with relatives in countries heavily impacted by climate change, such as Pakistan, India and China, may have heightened AAPI awareness. Experts see AAPI views as evidence that environmentalism is a key concern for this growing demographic.
  • Scientists overwhelmingly agree that human-caused emissions are driving rising temperatures and extreme weather patterns.
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