Americans are Deeply Concerned about Severe Weather and Related Health Issues

The Root Cause Coalition’s Latest Public Insights Research Underscores Americans Appetite to Prioritize Climate as a Priority Policy Issue


Recent research from The Root Cause Coalition provides insights into how Americans think about and consider climate change, severe weather and its connection to individual and public health. “There are many health issues Americans are concerned about when it comes to severe weather and climate change,” states Barbara Petee, Executive Director of the Coalition. “Among those who expressed general concern about severe weather and health, lack of access to clean water, electricity, food and poor air quality were among the top concerns cited.”


Key findings from this survey include the following:

- Three-quarters (75%) of Americans are at least somewhat concerned about being affected by severe weather

- Over 9 in 10 (91%) of those concerned about severe weather are at least somewhat concerned about poor air quality

- Nearly 9 in 10 (87%) believe that policy makers should make the connection between climate hazards and health a priority

- Over one-third (39%) believe the Federal government has the top responsibility for addressing the impact of climate on community health

- Over 8 in 10 (83%) of Americans believe that climate will have at least somewhat of an impact on everyday life for future generations


Individuals are Making the Connection between Place and Health Outcomes. Over 9 in 10 (91%) Americans believe that where one lives affects individual health and well-being, especially parents, those who are college-educated and those earning $80,000/year or more. And when asked to rank the top issue that affects health and well-being where you live