Attitudes to climate change by deprivation
In 2017 only 50% of those living in the most deprived areas saw climate change as an immediate and urgent problem, compared to 72% of those living in the least deprived areas.
Perceptions of climate change as a problem have consistently been closely related to area deprivation. Since 2013, there has been a gap between adults in the 20% most and 20% least deprived areas who perceived climate change as an immediate and urgent problem. This gap has fluctuated since then but widened in 2017, compared with 2013. While concern about climate change has increased over time in each deprivation quintile, the increase has been smaller in the 20% most deprived areas quintile.
Adults who perceive climate change as an immediate and
urgent problem by area deprivation
Base (2017, minimum): 580
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