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Citizens in the EU, the US and China have similar attitudes when it comes to climate action. They agree that they themselves and international organisations should take the lead in combatting climate change. More than a third each of Americans and Europeans back their

governments in supporting developing countries’ climate initiatives. These are results of the fifth part of the EIB climate survey, published on the margins of the IMF/WB spring meetings #EUatSpringMeetings in Washington D.C.. The survey has been developed by the European Investment Bank (EIB) in partnership with the global public opinion company YouGov. It unveils how 25 000 citizens in the European Union, the United States and China feel towards climate change.   

Comparing the EU with the USA and China.  When compared to the United States and China, Europeans have a much stronger understanding of the challenges of climate change. 78% of Europeans describe themselves as being concerned or alarmed about climate change, compared to 65% in China and 63% in the USA.

Following this pattern, the survey also revealed that there is only a very small proportion of skeptical Europeans (6% are not sure if climate change is happening and 1% deny it). This contrasts with the heterogeneous climate perception in the United States, where one-third of US respondents describe themselves as alarmed, whereas up to 14% expressed their skepticism towards climate change. 

Accountability for climate action – who should take the lead?  The survey results reveal that a majority of EU, US and Chinese respondents alike place citizens and international organisations, such as the United Nations, the World Bank and the European Investment Bank, at the forefront of the fight against climate change. They are putting a smaller focus on the responsibilities of local and national governments as well as on companies and corporations.

Climate change is a global challenge – but where should the funds be invested?  35% of EU and US respondents support national spending for climate action in developing countries as well as in their own. While 22% of Chinese respondents agree, 31% of them believe that each country should be responsible for funding its own climate initiatives.