In this report, we exam­ine the ways in which the Ger­man pub­lic views and assess­es cli­mate change. We dig deep­er into the diver­si­ty of cli­mate change atti­tude pro­files and exam­ine their inter­play with polit­i­cal preferences.
Our report finds that the major­i­ty of Ger­man respon­dents is aware that the cli­mate is warm­ing. They regard the cli­mate cri­sis as a seri­ous prob­lem and sup­port a gov­ern­ment response. Yet there is still room for improve­ment in rais­ing pub­lic cli­mate change aware­ness in Ger­many, with a sig­nif­i­cant group of respon­dents under­es­ti­mat­ing cli­mate change’s sever­i­ty and the neg­a­tive con­se­quences it will have. The report also shows that a major­i­ty of vot­ers across the polit­i­cal spec­trum regard cli­mate issues as rel­e­vant and some­times as a deci­sive fac­tor in the elec­tions, and that it is polit­i­cal­ly worth­while for almost all par­ties to devel­op an active cli­mate policy.