This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including new polling on the benefits of climate policies for people's health and Latino/a/x Americans' climate opinions.
Americans widely believe that climate action will benefit people’s health and make the country stronger, but tend to say that those around them aren’t as concerned about climate change as they are [Release, Report, Topline]
Latino voters are enthusiastic about the clean energy transition and want candidates who will take climate action. Climate Power and the LCV Victory Fund find that Latino voters overwhelmingly support the country’s clean energy transition and that most feel strongly about it. Additionally, Latino voters show clear preferences for political candidates who follow the science on climate change, recognize that climate change is contributing to extreme weather, and want to crack down on price gouging by Big Oil.
Americans will continue to underestimate the climate concerns of people around them until they start discussing the topic more with people they know. ecoAmerica finds that Americans systematically underestimate the climate concerns of people around them, as Americans are considerably more likely to say that they personally are concerned about climate change than to say that the people around them are. ecoAmerica’s research also underlines the importance of normalizing conversations about climate change, as less than half of Americans say that they talk about climate change regularly with their friends and family and even fewer discuss the issue in other settings like their workplaces.
GOOD DATA POINTS TO HIGHLIGHT
[Clean Air + Water] 89% of Americans agree that clean air and water are critical rights for all people [ecoAmerica]
[Clean Energy] 86% of Americans agree that everyone has a right to clean energy that does not pollute the air or water [ecoAmerica]
[Climate Action] 85% of Americans agree that we have a moral responsibility to create a safe and healthy climate for ourselves and our children [ecoAmerica]
[Extreme Weather] 75% of Americans agree that the government needs to protect people from the impacts of extreme weather [ecoAmerica]
[Personal Action] 74% of Americans agree that they can help reduce the pollution that is causing climate change [ecoAmerica]
[Climate Action] 73% of Americans agree that investing in solutions to climate change will benefit American communities and make our country stronger [ecoAmerica]
[Climate Action + Health] 69% of Americans say that it would improve people’s health if the United States took steps to deal with climate change [ecoAmerica]
[Climate Action + Elections] 65% of Americans say that they will vote for leaders who will prioritize climate change solutions [ecoAmerica]
[Latino Voters] 80% of Latino voters say that it is important for the United States to increase its use of clean energy sources, including 56% who say that this is “very” important [Climate Power + LCV Victory Fund]
[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]