Poll Results: Religion & Climate Change

May 27, 2015, 2:42 PM UTC

These are the topline results of a YouGov/Huffington Post survey of 1000 US adults interviewed May 22-27, 2015 on the religion and climate change. The margin of error is 3.9%.

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Do you think human beings do or do not have a moral duty to protect the environment?
They do . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82%
They do not . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11%

On the subject of climate change do you think:
The world’s climate is changing as a result of human activity . . . . . . . . . . . . 52%
The world’s climate is changing but NOT because of human activity . . . . . 27%
The world’s climate is NOT changing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15%

When it comes to issues like climate change or protecting the environment, do you think religious leaders should:
Take a stand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40%
Avoid publicly stating any political opinions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27%

Have you ever heard a leader in your religious community speak about climate change or protecting the environment?
Asked of those who have a present religion
Yes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14%
No . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48%
I don’t attend religious services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7%

Pope Francis is expected to make an official statement this year about climate change and the importance of taking care of the environment. Do you think this would affect how often you take environmentally-friendly actions like recycling and saving water?
Yes, I’d be MORE likely to take environmentally-friendly actions . . . . . . . . . 25%
Yes, I’d be LESS likely to take environmentally-friendly actions . . . . . . . . . . . .6%
No, I probably wouldn’t change anything . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57%
Not sure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13%