COP26 and Climate Change – November 9, 2021

THIS SURVEY EXPLORES CANADIANS’ AND AMERICANS’ PERSPECTIVES ON COP26 AND THE FUTURE OF CLIMATE CHANGE.

Recently, the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) was held in Scotland. In our latest North American Tracker, we asked Canadians and Americans about several topics discussed at the conference, including their perspectives on climate change. We also asked Canadians to share how they feel about several of the Canadian government’s climate change policies.

This survey is conducted in collaboration with the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and published in the Canadian Press. This series of surveys is available on Leger’s website.

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COP26 and Climate Change

  • 25% of Canadians and 28% of Americans think it is too late to reverse climate change.
25% of Canadians and 28% of Americans think it is too late to reverse climate change.
  • The greatest proportion of Canadians (43%) and Americans (34%) are concerned about climate change but feel things are going to get better.
  • 50% of Canadians and 40% of Americans agree that their country has taken great strides in the fight against climate change.
  • 61% of Canadians support the Canadian government ending subsidies that help oil and natural gas companies operate and expand their operations outside Canada by the end of next year.
  • 55% of Canadians support a global carbon pricing system/global carbon tax, 25% are opposed and 20% are not sure.
61% of Canadians support the Canadian government ending subsidies that help oil and natural gas companies operate and expand their operations outside Canada by the end of next year.

METHODOLOGY

This web survey was conducted from November 5 to November 7, 2021, with 1,565 Canadians and 1,006 Americans, 18 years of age or older, randomly recruited from LEO’s online panel.

For comparison, a probability sample of 1,565 respondents would have a margin of error of ±2.48%, 19 times out of 20, while a probability sample of 1,006 would have a margin of error of ±3.09%, 19 times out of 20. 

THIS REPORT CONTAINS THE RESULTS FOR THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS AND MORE!

  • Do you think it is too late or that we still have time to reverse climate change?
  • When it comes to climate change and how you personally feel about this issue, which of the following best describes you?
  • Canada currently mines about 60 million tonnes of coal and exports over 60% of that amount abroad. At the Climate Change Summit in Scotland—COP26, Canada announced a new policy to stop exporting coal by 2030 at the latest. Do you support or oppose this policy?
  • The current Canadian environment minister, Steven Guilbeault, has been involved in environmental issues for a long time, and at one time, was a campaign director for Greenpeace in Quebec. Based on his prior association with Greenpeace, do you feel he is a good choice or poor choice to be Canada’s Minister of Environment?
  • To this day, are you satisfied or not with the measures put in place to fight the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic by the following?
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