MassINC and the MassINC Polling Group are proud to present The 80 Percent Challenge. This report represents the first in-depth look at how Massachusetts residents perceive the problem posed by global warming, as well as their willingness to embrace efforts to address this unprecedented challenge.
Massachusetts has taken bold steps to help solve its share of this worldwide problem. With the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008, the state became one of the first in the nation to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Meeting the ambitious 80 percent reduction target codified in this legislation will require support and participation from a broad coalition of residents, business interests, and state leaders.
This report will help state leaders inform and educate residents in order to build this broad majority. It provides a barometer for where we are today and a benchmark for measuring future progress.