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Environmental Polling Roundup - May 24th, 2024

David Gold, Environmental Polling Consortium
Research & Articles
05-24-2024

This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including new polling on climate change in the presidential race, fossil fuel accountability, and PFAS + new qualitative research among Latino voters and new data on the long-term trends in Americans’ climate attitudes.

Poll: Public understanding of climate change has grown in the U.S.

Matthew Ballew, Jennifer Marlon, Emily Goddard et al. Yale University and George Mason University
Research & Articles
05-21-2024

Long-term trends in Americans’ climate attitudes show increased understanding that global warming is happening and harming Americans. Between 2010 and 2023, the share of Americans who recognize that global warming is happening grew by 14 percentage points in Yale and GMU’s data (from 59% to 73%). The percentage who attribute global warming to human activities also increased by double digits, from 48% in 2010 up to 59% in 2023. The belief that global warming is either harming people in the U.S. now or will do so within the next ten years has increased sharply since 2010, from 38% up to 57%. Over that same time period, Americans have become 13 points more likely to say that global warming will harm them personally (from 33% to 46%). Growth in climate understanding is largely driven by Democrats, with additional gains among center and center-right voters. Yale and GMU’s trends show that Democrats have become much more unified in their climate beliefs over the past decade or so. Large and growing majorities of liberal Democrats (87%, +26 since 2010) and non-liberal Democrats (74%, +25 since 2010) say that global warming is either harming Americans now or will do so in the next 10 years.

New rules for “forever chemicals” in drinking water are overwhelmingly popular. Voters say that cracking down on corporate price gouging should be the top priority for addressing inflation, and most also say that it should be a priority to switch to lower cost clean energy. The majority of voters rate “cracking down on corporations that are price gouging on things like food and gas” (58%) as a “top priority” (9-10 on a 0-10 scale of prioritization) for the government to deal with inflation, ahead of other possible solutions such as reining in the high cost of health care and prescription drugs (53%), cutting government spending and debt (46%), and making it easier to buy or rent a home (45%). Most voters say that switching to lower cost clean energy should also be a priority for addressing inflation. Nearly two-thirds of voters (65%) rate it as a “priority” (7+ on a 0-10 scale) for the government to address inflation by “bringing down energy bills by switching to lower cost clean energy,” including about one-third (36%) who rate it as a “top priority” (9-10). Following recent EPA actions to clean up PFAS contamination, nearly four in five voters (79%) say that they support these actions to designate certain “forever chemicals” as hazardous substances that polluters are required to pay to clean up.

Environmental Polling Roundup - May 17th, 2024

David Gold, Environmental Polling Consortium
Research & Articles
05-17-2024

This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including new national polling on oil and gas accountability, clean energy and infrastructure, and young voters, plus new polling in Florida on the state’s approach to climate change. 

 

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Climate change and the environment rank among President Biden’s biggest issue advantages over Trump with young voters, with clear room to grow. Voters under the age of 30 trust Biden by 16 points over Trump (58% Biden / 42% Trump) to protect the climate and environment.

Research & Articles
05-10-2024

Voters rank oil and gas as the country’s greediest industry, and continue to blame oil and gas companies more than anyone else for high gas prices. 56% of voters have unfavorable opinions of oil and gas companies, while just 34% feel favorably about them. Voters feel almost as negatively about oil and gas companies as they do about pharmaceutical companies (34% favorable / 59% unfavorable).

Environmental Polling Roundup - May 10th, 2024

David Gold, Environmental Polling Consortium
Research & Articles
05-10-2024

This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including new polling on Americans’ climate attitudes and the Inflation Reduction Act. 

 

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Climate Opinion Factsheets (2024)

Martial Jefferson, Adán Rivas, Jennifer Marlon et al. Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
Research & Articles
05-08-2024

Americans' opinions about climate change vary widely depending on where people live. Yale Program on Climate Communication just released a US Climate Opinion Factsheet Map tool. The factsheets include 22 key measures of public climate change knowledge, attitudes, policy support, and behavior for each of the 50 states, 271 congressional districts, and 3,142 counties across the U.S. The Factsheets make this state and local information even easier to use and share.

Climate Change Concerns Dip

Monmouth University
Research & Articles
05-06-2024

Americans overwhelmingly agree that climate change is a “serious problem,” and most say that the U.S. government should do more to address it. 73% of Americans recognize that the world’s climate is “undergoing a change that is causing more extreme weather patterns and the rise of sea levels”. 66% of Americans say that climate change is a “very” or “somewhat” serious problem. By a 59%-36% margin, more Americans support than oppose the U.S. government “doing more to reduce the type of activities that cause climate change and sea level rise”.

Environmental Polling Roundup - May 3rd, 2024

David Gold, Environmental Polling Consortium
Research & Articles
05-03-2024

This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including new polling on polluter accountability, Big Oil misinformation, climate resilience, and the Inflation Reduction Act.

 

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