Surveys & Polls

NCSE's Climate Change Survey

Mixed Messages: How Climate Change is Taught in America's Public Schools (pdf), a detailed report of the first nationwide survey of climate change education in the United States, conceived and funded by NCSE and conducted in collaboration with researchers at Pennsylvania State University, is now available on-line.

The report is divided into four parts. Part 1 focuses on what teachers do in their classrooms; part 2 focuses on teachers' educational background and scientific knowledge; part 3 focuses on the political and cultural forces and the personal values that influence teachers; and part 4 outlines the policy implications of the data.

The report ends by expressing the hope "that the results of the survey ... will help guide those whose goal it is to ensure that today's students and the next generation of citizens have the scientific foundation that will allow them to grapple with complex proposals to address the challenges of climate change."

Mixed Messages expands on the results and analyses previously reported in "Climate Confusion Among U.S. Teachers," published (PDF) in the journal Science, and in "Climate Education in the Classroom: Cloudy with a Chance of Confusion," published (subscription required) in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Polls by Other Organizations

Polls and surveys are an excellent tool for monitoring public opinion of evolution and climate change, allowing us to track changes over time and to identify problematic trends.

We have collected here all of NCSE's coverage of surveys and polls, as well as links to raw data and other reports. We hope you find this information useful.

  • General Polls are polls of the general public on a national or state level on evolution, creationism, or some combination of the two
  • International Polls collects all polls from outside the United States
  • Polls on Creationism contains all polls relating to a supernatural origin of life and creationism more generally
  • Polls on Evolution are polls looking at public perception, understanding, and acceptance of evolution and science
  • Polls on Climate Change are polls looking at public perception, understanding and acceptance of climate change 
  • Polls on Religion look at opinions on the compatibility of science and religion
  • Student Polls and Teacher Polls look at polls of these specific audiences