Connie Roser-Renouf

Connie Roser-Renouf
George Mason University | GMU · Center for Climate Change Communication (4C)

Stanford University, PhD

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August 2007 - present
George Mason University
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Publications (119)
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Background: Climate change poses a major public health threat. A survey of U.S. local health department directors in 2008 found widespread recognition of the threat, but limited adaptive capacity, due to perceived lack of expertise and other resources. Methods: We assessed changes between 2008 and 2012 in local public health departments' prepare...
Technical Report
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Key Findings From Spring to Fall of 2015 (before the Pope’s encyclical to after his visit to the U.S.)... Americans Developed a More Positive View of the Pope • More Americans (+7 percentage points), especially Catholics (+13 points), have a very positive opinion of the Pope. • Trust in the Pope as a source of information about global warming incre...
Technical Report
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Global climate change – a threat of potentially unprecedented magnitude – is viewed from a variety of perspectives by Americans, with some dismissing the danger, some entirely unaware of its significance, and still others highly concerned and motivated to take action. Understanding the sources of these diverse perspectives is key to effective audie...
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Climate change activism has been uncommon in the U.S., but a growing national movement is pressing for a political response. To assess the cognitive and affective precursors of climate activism, we hypothesize and test a two-stage information-processing model based on social cognitive theory. In stage 1, expectations about climate change outcomes a...
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A message-testing experiment assessed the effectiveness of targeted video messages in changing six audience segments’ climate change understanding and concern. Participants viewed one of four short videos addressing their segment’s informational needs, as identified by survey data on their segment’s climate change beliefs. Segments that are skeptic...
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Strategic communication requires the identification and understanding of target audiences for tailored communication. The Global Warming’s Six Americas analysis segments the U.S. public into six distinct, but internally consistent audiences, who each respond differently to the issue of climate change. The segments include the Alarmed, Concerned, Ca...
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We report on two independent failures to conceptually replicate findings by Ballard & Lewandowsky (Ballard and Lewandowsky 2015 Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A373, 20140464 (doi:10.1098/rsta.2014.0464)), who showed that certainty in, and concern about, projected public health issues (e.g. impacts of climate change) depend on how uncertain information is pre...
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The severe threats posed by anthropogenic climate change make hope and a sense of efficacy key ingredients in effective climate communication. Yet little is known about what makes individuals hopeful–or in contrast, doubtful–that humanity can reduce the problem, or how hope relates to activism. This study uses mixed-methods with two national survey...
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The Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University was established to develop and apply social science insights to help society make informed decisions that will stabilize the earth’s life-sustaining climate, and prevent further harm from climate change. In this chapter, we describe our program of research and outreach efforts,...
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Audience segmentation has long been used in marketing, public health, and communication, and is now becoming an important tool in the environmental domain as well. Global Warming's Six Americas is a well-established segmentation of Americans based on their climate change beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. The original Six Americas model requires a...
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Climate change is a burgeoning public health concern, with implications for chronic health conditions; nutrition and food security; food-, water-, and vector-borne diseases; and social disruption, injuries, displacement, and death associated with extreme weather.(1) Climate change is contributing to health disparities in the United States by having...
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Many people who are concerned about the issue of climate change do not engage in the collective action behaviors that are most likely to lead to societal-scale solutions. Such attitude-behavior inconsistency is a well-documented phenomenon. This study investigates whether exposure to an effectively framed message from a highly credible source can i...
Technical Report
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This report is based on findings from a nationally representative survey- Climate Change in the American Mind- conducted by Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. Interview dates: November 18-December 1, 2016.
Technical Report
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This report is based on findings from a nationally representative survey – Climate Change in the American Mind – conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. Interview dates: November 18-­‐December 1, 2016.
Technical Report
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In the years prior to his election, President Trump repeatedly referred to climate change as a “hoax” in tweets, speeches, and media interviews. However, as we reported during the primaries, our spring 2016 national survey found that then-­‐candidate Trump was out of sync with many of his supporters on the issue, many of whom said global warming is...
Technical Report
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This report is based on findings from a nationally representative survey—Climate Change in the American Mind—conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. Interview dates: March 18–31, 2016.
Technical Report
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This report is based on findings from a nationally representative survey – Climate Change in the American Mind – conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (http://climatecommunication.yale.edu/) and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication (http://www.climatechangecommunication.org). Interview dates: M...
Technical Report
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This report examines how consistent a moral framing of climate change is with the values and beliefs Americans already hold. It explores the values and beliefs of Americans regarding spirituality, religion, and humans' relationships with each other and the natural world. The analysis describes the spiritual and environmental perspectives of Global...
Technical Report
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This report focuses on how Americans (registered voters) across the political spectrum view global warming and how they think citizens and government should address it. Consistent with our prior surveys, we find that Democrats are more likely than Republicans to be convinced that human-caused global warming is happening and to support climate actio...
Technical Report
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Key Findings • Two in three (67%) Americans think global warming is happening. By contrast, only about one in six Americans (16%) thinks global warming is not happening. • About half of Americans (53%) think that global warming, if it is happening, is mostly human caused. One in three (33%) say they believe it is due mostly to natural changes in th...
Technical Report
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Given the Pope’s stature as a global religious leader, and the large number of Catholic Americans, we decided to assess whether the Pope’s teachings have had an influence on Americans’, particularly Catholics’, understanding, opinions, and dialogue about climate change. This report examines a large, representative cohort of American adults who were...
Technical Report
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This report is based on findings from a nationally representative survey – Climate Change in the American Mind – conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (http://environment.yale.edu/climate-communication) and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication (http://www.climatechangecommunication.org). Interv...
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Background: Global warming has significant negative consequences for human health, with some groups at greater risk than others. The extent to which the public is aware of these risks is unclear; the limited extant research has yielded discrepant findings. Objectives: This paper describes Americans' awareness of the health effects of global warm...
Technical Report
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Key Findings This report examines the global warming beliefs, attitudes, risk perceptions, policy preferences, and related moral values of three major groups of American Christians – Catholics, non-evangelical Protestants, and born again/evangelical Christians. It also investigates how different American Christians currently view Pope Francis and...
Technical Report
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This report is based on findings from a nationally representative survey – Climate Change in the American Mind – conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication (http://environment.yale.edu/climate-communication) and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication (http://www.climatechangecommunication.org). Interv...
Technical Report
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This report examines the global warming beliefs, attitudes, risk perceptions, policy preferences, and related moral values of three major groups of American Christians – Catholics, non-evangelical Protestants, and born again/evangelical Christians.1 It also investigates how different American Christians currently view Pope Francis and to what exten...
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This study joins a growing body of research that demonstrates the behavioral consequences of hostile media perceptions. Using survey data from a nationally representative U.S. sample, this study tests a moderated-mediation model examining the direct and indirect effects of hostile media perceptions on climate change activism. The model includes ext...
Technical Report
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This report focuses on how Americans (registered voters) across the political spectrum–Democrats, Independents, and Republicans and liberals, moderates, and conservatives–view global warming and how they think citizens and government should address it. Consistent with prior surveys, we find that Democrats are more likely than Republicans to be conv...
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Ever-increasing global warming has created a societal imperative to reach and engage youth, whose futures are at risk. In this paper, we evaluate the climate science knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, behavior and communication impact of an entertainment-education high school assembly program in a random sample of 49 schools (from population of 779 tha...
Technical Report
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This report is based on findings from a nationally representative survey – Climate Change in the American Mind – conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication (http://environment.yale.edu/climatecommunication) and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication (http://www.climatechangecommunication.org). Intervi...
Technical Report
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This report, the seventh on Global Warming’s Six Americas, focuses on the segments' understanding of the human health consequences of global warming, as recently described in the U.S. National Climate Assessment. Our findings indicate that even the segments most concerned about global warming have little understanding of its human health consequenc...
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Climate change activism has been uncommon in the U.S., but a growing national movement is pressing for a political response. To assess the cognitive and affective precursors of climate activism, we hypothesize and test a two-stage information-processing model based on social cognitive theory. In stage 1, expectations about climate change outcomes a...
Technical Report
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This report provides results from three studies that collectively find that global warming and climate change are often not synonymous—they mean different things to different people—and activate different sets of beliefs, feelings, and behaviors, as well as different degrees of urgency about the need to respond.
Technical Report
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This report focuses on how Americans (registered voters) across the political spectrum – Democrats, Independents, and Republicans and liberals, moderates, and conservatives – view global warming and how they think citizens and government should address it. Consistent with prior surveys, we find that Democrats are more likely than Republicans to be...
Technical Report
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This report is based on findings from a nationally representative survey – Climate Change in the American Mind – conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication (http://environment.yale.edu/climatecommunication) and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication (http://www.climatechangecommunication.org). Intervi...
Technical Report
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This report is based on findings from a nationally representative survey – Climate Change in the American Mind – conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication (http://environment.yale.edu/climate-communication) and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication (http://www.climatechangecommunication.org). Interv...
Technical Report
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This report is based on findings from a nationally representative survey – Climate Change in the American Mind – conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication (http://environment.yale.edu/climate-communication) and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication (http://www.climatechangecommunication.org). Interv...
Technical Report
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This report is based on findings from a nationally representative survey – Climate Change in the American Mind – conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication (http://environment.yale.edu/climatecommunication) and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication (http://www.climatechangecommunication.org). Intervi...
Technical Report
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This report contains topline results of a national survey of 726 adults who recently identified as a Republican or a Republican-leaning Independent. The sample was drawn from 938 people who – during their participation in one of three nationallyrepresentative Climate Change in the American Mind surveys conducted by Yale and George Mason University...
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In this paper, we address the chicken-or-egg question posed by two alternative explanations for the relationship between perceived personal experience of global warming and belief certainty that global warming is happening: Do observable climate impacts create opportunities for people to become more certain of the reality of global warming, or does...
Technical Report
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This report is based on findings from a nationally representative survey – Climate Change in the American Mind – conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. Interview dates: April 8 - 15, 2013. Interviews: 1,045 Adults (18+) Total average margin of error: +/-...
Technical Report
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In this national survey, we investigated four types of climate and energy-related behavior – consumer, civic, household and transportation (energy use), and communication. This report focuses on the first three types. Consumer behavior has become an important way Americans express their values and concerns, leading to new products and services, cre...
Technical Report
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This report is based on findings from a nationally representative survey – Climate Change in the American Mind – conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. Interview dates: April 8 – 15. Interviews: 1,045 Adults (18+). Total average margin of error: +/- 3 pe...