Data for: Different countries, common support for climate change mitigation. The case of Germany and Poland.
Results of the study: Different countries, common support for climate change mitigation. The case of Germany and Poland. While research on the public acceptance of climate change mitigation has increased, there are still few studies assessing a wider range of potential determinants of support and bringing together data from more than one country. This study was carried out in Germany and Poland (which differ significantly in their approach to climate policy), and that it covered a wide range of variables potentially influencing climate policy support, measured by contingent valuation. The results show that despite many differences between the countries evaluated, the approach to climate policy is similar. In both countries, over 90% of people accept additional costs of climate change mitigation measures. For these two countries, awareness and emotional response to climate crisis, sense of control over the situation and belief in effectiveness of solutions were valid predictors of the level of support. Factor analysis has identified five components with similar structures in both Germany and Poland, indicating that the main dimensions of attitudes to climate change are convergent. Of the three assessed climate policies, the development of renewable energy has the greatest support, the improvement of energy efficiency has moderate and the introduction of a carbon tax has the least support.