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Delawareans convinced about climate change

Feb. 23, 2015--An increasing majority of Delawareans are convinced that climate change and sea level rise are happening and want immediate action to reduce their impacts, according to a 2014 survey conducted by Responsive Management, an independent public opinion firm.

The survey, co-funded by Delaware Sea Grant and the state of Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), polled 1,508 Delaware residents in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties. It follows a 2009 DNREC-funded study to assess Delawareans’ general knowledge of climate change and sea level rise, and support for action.

In the 2014 survey, 79 percent of respondents said they are convinced that climate change is happening, up from 70 percent in 2009. Seventy percent believe that sea level rise is a reality, compared to 63 percent in 2009. Three out of four respondents (76 percent) agree that immediate action should be taken to reduce the impacts of climate change and sea level rise.