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Global Scan polling: Most Britons want global leadership by the government on climate

27 October 2021

Polling by Global Scan, which carried out surveys in 31 countries ahead of COP26, found that:

  • In the UK, 62% of people want the government to play a leadership role in setting ambitious targets.
  • This was higher than the average across 31 countries and territories polled – 56 percent of people on average want their government to play a leadership role in setting ambitious targets.
  • In the UK, only 4% of people do not support the creation of an international agreement on climate change.

Reference article:

  • Source: GlobeScan | Know your world. Lead the future.
  • Author: Global Scan
  • Date: 27th October 2021

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