CO2 Emissions and Opportunities for Change

What do Oregonians think we should be doing to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in our state? What are they willing to do personally?

On December 4th through 8th, 2020, we asked Oregonians about strategies for personally reducing their own carbon dioxide emissions. Findings will include citation of the relevant question, which can be referenced in the annotated questionnaire and tabs at the bottom of the page.

What Oregonians Think All Residents Should Do to Reduce CO2

  • Most residents feel it is important for Oregonians to do the following to reduce carbon dioxide emissions: fly less, drive less, consume fewer products and services, take reduced or zero emission vacations, and work with willing landowners to conserve their land. (Q1-Q5)
  • Compared to other ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, Oregonians feel it is most important for the state’s residents to work with willing landowners to conserve their land (72% vs. 50%-63%). (Q5)

Personal Commitment

  • To reduce carbon dioxide emissions, at least a plurality of Oregonians say they are likely to fly less, drive less, consume fewer products and services, take reduced or zero emission vacations, and work with willing landowners to conserve their land. (Q6-Q10)

General Differences

  • Democrats and Independent or non-affiliated voters are more likely than Republicans to say they are very likely or somewhat likely to make permanent changes in behavior to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. (Q6-Q10)

The research was completed as a community service by DHM Research in partnership with the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center. Both organizations are independent and non-partisan. DHM Research is a Certified B Corporation (www.dhmresearch.com) and OVBC is an Oregon charitable nonprofit corporation (www.oregonvbc.org).

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