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Environmental Polling Roundup - October 13th, 2023
David Gold, Environmental Polling Consortium

This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including new polling on Americans' views of corporation intervention into various social issues.

 

HEADLINES

Navigator
Amid rising awareness of a possible government shutdown, voters continue to say that it’s never right to shut down the federal government [ReleaseReport]

Public Affairs Council
Most Americans say that major companies should be involved in environmental advocacy [ArticleReportTopline]

 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

The prospect of a government shutdown remains widely unpopular. Navigator finds that most voters agree that the federal government should never shut down, even if it’s for an issue or cause that they personally believe in. Additionally, their poll finds that large majorities of voters across the political spectrum support the late September deal to keep the government funded.
Americans don’t want corporate America to stand on the sidelines on environmental issues. The Public Affairs Council finds that Americans are more likely to support companies getting involved in environmental advocacy than in any other type of issue advocacy, with majorities of Democrats and Republicans both saying that companies should be involved in advocacy about the environment and sustainability. These findings are consistent with lots of previous polling showing that Americans believe corporate America has a responsibility to do more to address climate change in particular. 

 

GOOD DATA POINTS TO HIGHLIGHT

[Government Shutdown] 75% of voters support the deal to keep the government open for six more weeks, including large majorities of Democrats (82%) and Republicans (70%) [Navigator]
[Government Shutdown] 67% of voters agree that it’s never right to shut down the federal government, even if it’s for an important issue or cause that they believe in [Navigator]
[Corporate Pressure] 93% of Americans say that major companies should support improving environment and sustainability practices [Public Affairs Council]
[Corporate Pressure] 61% of Americans say that major companies should be involved in advocacy about improving environmental and sustainability practices, including 75% of Democrats and 57% of Republicans [Public Affairs Council]
[Issue Priority] More Americans name climate change and the environment as the single “most important issue” to them than any other issue aside from inflation/prices, health care, and the economy/jobs [The Economist + YouGov