Two reports were released in 2013 based on a survey of Maryland residents by the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. The first, Public Health, Energy & Climate Change Public Health, Energy & Climate Change Survey July 2013 found that “more than half of Marylanders (52 percent) believe people in the United States are being harmed by climate change.” A majority of Marylanders believe that respiratory problems, injuries from storms or other extreme weather events and heat stroke will become more common because of climate change. 

The second report, Climate Change & Energy: Public Attitudes, Behavior & Policy Support 2013, presented findings about attitudes, behaviors and policy preferences regarding energy and climate change based on a sample of 2,126 state residents randomly sampled across each of the state’s four distinct geographical and cultural regions. The report found that a large majority of Marylanders (86%) believe that climate change is happening. More than half of respondents (64%) feel that their local weather and environment is changing and more than three-quarters say they support local and state government action to protect their community from harm caused by climate change. More than half of state residents said they would like to see more of their electricity come from renewable sources, such as solar (69%), and wind (land-based 62%; offshore 59%).