A new statewide survey commissioned as part of the Indiana University Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative reveals that four out of five Indiana residents believe climate change is happening, and three out of four support efforts to address the impact of climate change.
The survey released today offers state-specific insights on public attitudes toward climate change as Indiana considers how it will respond to the environmental changes already being felt here and across the Midwest.
Clear majorities of survey respondents report more frequent observations of flooding, agricultural damage, unpredictable weather patterns and infrastructure deterioration in the form of potholes, which are exacerbated/worsened by erratic freeze-thaw temperatures. Three out of four Hoosiers believe that climate change will have a negative impact on Indiana's economy. Also, a significant majority supports measures to lessen the impact of these environmental events.