Climate change is bringing a host of adverse consequences to Indiana communities—more frequent rainfall, increased risk of flooding, more days of extreme heat, and new stressors to agricultural production, among others. Confronting these challenges through policy depends largely on Hoosiers’ awareness and acceptance of climate change’s impact.
A 2019 statewide survey commissioned by the Environmental Resilience Institute, part of Indiana University’s Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative, offers a look into Hoosiers’ attitudes toward climate change. The online panel survey, the first of its kind conducted in the state, aggregates more than 1,000 responses from across Indiana.
Survey results indicate that a clear majority of Hoosiers acknowledge climate change is happening (80 percent) and support efforts to address it (75 percent). Furthermore, a majority of survey respondents (60 percent) recognize that climate change is already causing harm in the United States.
Indiana residents report these convictions despite significantly underestimating how many of their fellow Hoosiers’ accept the reality of climate change and being split on the question of whether most scientists agree on the issue.