The world’s biggest poll
on climate change
Results from the UN Development Programme and University of Oxford’s People’s Climate Vote, conducted from 7 October to 4 December 2020, covers half the world's population over the age of 14.
Recognition of the climate emergency
A majority of people in every country surveyed believe that the world is not only in the grip of a devastating COVID-19 pandemic, but also in a state of climate emergency
World’s most popular climate policies
The survey asked people which of 18 climate policies they would like their country to pursue to address climate change. Overall, the most popular among participating countries were
- Conserve forests and land (54%)
- Use solar, wind and renewable power (53%)
- Climate friendly farming techniques (52%)
- Invest more money in green business and jobs (50%)
10 key insights
The climate crisis across demographics – gender / education / age
GENDER: While the gender gap was found to be small overall (4%), in some countries the gap was substantial.
EDUCATION: There were consistently very high levels of demand for climate action among people with post-secondary education in all countries.
AGE: Nearly 70% of people under 18 said that climate change is a global emergency, compared to 65% of those aged 18-35, 66% aged 36-59, and 58% of those aged over 60.
People under age 18 in focus
Representative results are not available for all questions in all countries. The boundaries and names shown, and the designations used on maps, in this document do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations.
A new and unconventional approach to polling
Poll questions were distributed through unique invitations in mobile game apps around the world.
When a person played a game like Words with Friends or Angry Birds, the poll would replace the traditional in-game advertisement. This resulted in a huge, randomized sample.
To our knowledge, this has never been tried before. The survey produced data in many countries where similar polling results have never been available until now.