Introduction to Survey Methodology

Global Climate Change Survey of the SA Community

RESULTS



Our senior elective class, Global Climate Change, is using this survey to collect data about what the members of our community know and think about this topic. Thank you for taking the time to participate in our survey. You may follow the work of our class by exploring our class website at: http://saproblemsolvers.wikispaces.com/

Questions 1-8 are demographic questions, which we will use to find out a little about you.

1. What is your gender?

a. Male b. Female

2. How old are you?

a. 20 and under b. 21-30 c. 31-40 d. 41-50 e. greater than 50

3. What is the highest level of education you have completed?

a. below high school b. high school c. 2-yr college d. 4-yr college e. graduate school

4. Where have you resided for the majority of your life?

a. North America b. Europe c. Asia d. Africa e. South America f. Other

5. How many people are in your family unit?

a. 1 b. 2 c. 3 d. 4 e. 5 or more

6. How many cars does your family own, lease, or operate?

a. 0 b. 1 c. 2 d. 3 e. 4 or more

7. How many compact fluorescent bulbs are in use in your home?

a. 0 b. 1-5 c. 6-10 d. 11-15 e. more than 15 f. Do not know

8. How would you rate your family’s attention to energy conservation?

a. Excellent b. Good c. Average d. Fair e. Poor


Questions 9-17 will allow us to assess your level of background knowledge about Global Climate Change. If you do not feel strongly about an answer, please do not make random guesses; choose the “Do not know” option, instead.
9. Approximately what percent of energy in the U.S. is generated by the burning of fossil fuels?

a. 0% b. 15% c. 50% d. 85% e. 100% f. do not know

10. Energy derived from non-fossil fuel sources is known as:

a. alternative energy b. solar energy c. hydroelectric d. greenhouse gases e. petroleum f. do not know


11. What would you call the phenomenon whereby the Earth's atmosphere, containing gases such as carbon dioxide, water vapor, and methane, allows incoming sunlight to pass through but does not allow heat to radiate back out?


a. ozone hole b. global warming c. greenhouse effect d. albedo e. none of above f. do not know

12. What is the most effective way for individuals to save energy?

a. turning off the water when brushing teeth
b. turning off lights when leaving a room
c. driving energy efficient cars and driving less
d. building better-insulated homes and offices
e. buying locally grown food
f. do not know


13. What is the most effective action that can be taken in order to reverse Global Climate Change?

a. stop burning fossil fuels
b. preserve rainforests
c. clean up water supplies
d. fill the hole in the ozone layer
e. it is too late for us to do anything to reverse Global Climate Change
f. do not know

14. Which of the following is NOT a greenhouse gas?

a. carbon dioxide b. methane c. water vapor d. nitrogen e. ozone f. do not know

15. These natural elements are important to the environment because they can absorb rainwater to help reduce flooding and because they remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

a. rivers b. clouds c. lakes d. aquifers e. trees f. do not know

16. Scientists generally agree that in the next 100 years, melting ice caps, ice sheets and glaciers will cause the average sea level to rise by how many meters (1 meter equals about 3 feet)?

a. zero b. one c. ten d. twenty e. fifty f. do not know


17. How do we harness the awesome power of the sun with modern technology?

a. planting trees and other plants
b. using wind turbines, photovoltaic cells, and hydroelectric plants
c. having satellites intercept sunlight before it enters the Earth’s atmosphere
d. using instruments as simple as sundials
e. building more nuclear power plants
f. do not know


Questions 18-33 will allow us to assess your attitudes or opinions about Global Climate Change. If you do not have an opinion about a statement, please choose “No Opinion”.

18. Solving the Global Climate Crisis will require grass-roots movements to force political action.

Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree No Opinion

19. Suffield Academy would benefit from adopting and using alternative energy sources.

Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree No Opinion

20. Global Warming could eventually make our planet inhospitable to human life, like the planet Venus.

Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree No Opinion

21. Oil companies will need to develop alternative energy sources in the future in order to remain profitable.

Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree No Opinion

22. Global Climate Change will have an economic impact on you and your family.

Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree No Opinion

23. Climate change will have a significant effect on the global economy over the next 100 years.

Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree No Opinion

24. In order to survive, auto companies will need to develop cars that get more than 50 MPG and produce very little greenhouse gas emission.

Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree No Opinion

25. Developing alternative energy sources will be a waste of money.

Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree No Opinion

26. In a short time, the Obama administration has already paid more attention to Global Climate Change than the previous administration did in its eight years.

Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree No Opinion

27. Higher taxes on gasoline and carbon emissions are a key component in encouraging people to burn less fossil fuel.

Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree No Opinion

28. Global Climate Change will cause much economic hardship, but it will also provide many economic opportunities.

Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree No Opinion

29. Increased use of nuclear power plants will dramatically make Global Climate Change even worse.

Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree No Opinion

30. Use of geothermal heating and cooling technology has minimal negative impact on the Earth’s atmosphere.

Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree No Opinion

31. Other countries, such as those in Western Europe, have a much better understanding of energy use and how human activities impact the global climate than does the United States.

Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree No Opinion

32. As the demand for energy increases in developing nations, the rate at which fossil fuels are burned will continue to increase, leading to depletion of oil supplies over the next 100 years.

Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree No Opinion

33. America’s world image will be drastically improved if we show leadership in solving the Global Climate crisis.

Strongly Agree Agree Disagree Strongly Disagree No Opinion





Thank you for your time. Please feel free to use the space below to share any other thoughts you had or any questions that arose in your mind while completing the survey. Any other comments would be welcome, as well.