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Poll: Sen. Markey: An Expanded American Climate Corps Wins With Voters, Creates Jobs, and Fights Climate Change
Americans strongly support the recently announced American Climate Corps. The new American Climate Corps is a major step in the fight for our nation’s future and for a Green New Deal. The American Climate Corps is overwhelmingly popular across age and political party, and supported by 71 percent of voters — including more than half of Republicans. The support grows even stronger among voters under the age of 59.
This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including recent polling on climate and clean energy policies, international action on climate change, electric vehicle manufacturing, and Americans’ top issue priorities for 2024.
This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including new polling about U.S. climate goals and policies, new polling on polluter accountability, new data from Yale + GMU’s “Global Warming's Six Americas” study, and new findings about young Americans and climate change in the 2024 election.
Young people who feel threatened by climate change and want government action are highly motivated to vote. Untapped potential among the 4 in 10 youth who believe in their ability to have influence on the climate issue: The largest group of youth identified in our analysis (40%) do not currently report being directly affected by climate change, but believe they have the ability to have influence on this issue. However, they are participating in civic actions (both on climate and other issues) at lower rates than other youth. These youth are more likely to be Black, from lower income households, and younger. A majority of youth (56%) do not identify as strongly Republican or strongly Democratic, and many are still undecided who they will vote for: Party affiliation and vote choice for two of the groups align with each of the two major parties. However, many unaffiliated youth were found across all groups, and in the two remaining groups that are not strongly Republican nor strongly Democratic, many youth are still undecided who they will vote for in the 2024 presidential election.
A growing majority of Americans are “Alarmed” or “Concerned” about global warming. Over the past ten years, the Alarmed have grown more than any other audience, nearly doubling in size from 15% in 2013 to 28% in 2023 (+13 percentage points). Conversely, the Cautious have decreased in size the most during that time, from 26% in 2013 to 15% in 2023 (-11 percentage points). Additionally, the percentage of Americans who are either Alarmed or Concerned has increased from 40% in 2013 to 56% in 2023 (+16 percentage points). The Disengaged and Dismissive audiences have remained relatively similar in size over the last decade.
Nearly two-thirds of voters support legislation to make polluters pay for climate damages. Roughly three-quarters of voters (66% support / 26% oppose) support a bill that would require oil and gas companies to pay a share of the cost of climate damages caused by their pollution. This “polluters pay” legislation also attracts support from across the political spectrum, with nearly nine in ten Democrats (88%), three in five independents (61%), and close to half of Republicans (46%) in favor of it. The poll additionally finds that there are clear electoral benefits for political candidates who make “polluters pay” legislation a priority. More than three in five voters (64%) say that they are more likely to support a candidate for office who will prioritize a policy to make oil and gas companies pay a share of the cost of climate damages caused by their pollution, including 89% of Democrats, 58% of independents, and 42% of Republicans.
This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including new polling on Americans attitudes toward various sources of energy + lots of new research about young Americans’ views on climate change and President Biden’s handling of the issue.
CNN poll: Large majority of US adults and half of Republicans agree with Biden’s goal to slash climate pollution
Americans widely back President Biden’s goal to cut climate pollution in half by the end of the decade. Among possible climate actions, Americans particularly prioritize energy efficiency and the development of clean energy. 73% of Americans agree that the federal government should design its climate policies to meet the announced goal of cutting the country’s greenhouse gas emissions in half by the year 2030. 71% of Americans say that prioritizing investments in clean energy sources over energy from fossil fuels should be a “top” or “important” priority for the government. 71% of Americans say that offering federal tax credits for purchasing and installing ultra-efficient home heating and cooling systems should be a “top” or “important” priority for the government. 58% of Americans say that the federal government is doing too little to try to reduce climate change. 58% of Americans say that the energy industry is doing too little to try to reduce climate change. 63% of Americans are worried about the risks of climate change in their community.
Young Americans don’t believe the Biden administration has done enough to combat climate change or to hold oil and gas companies accountable. Young Americans particularly want to see the administration close outdated oil and gas pipelines. 64% of young Americans aged 18-34 support closing outdated oil and gas pipelines. 59% of young Americans aged 18-34 support preventing new oil drilling on federal lands and waters. 54% of young Americans aged 18-34 support halting the expansion of methane gas exports. President Biden is deeply underwater with young Americans aged 18-34. This group is twice as likely to say that Biden is doing a “poor” or “not so good” job as president (65%) as to say that he is doing a “good” or “excellent” job (32%). Biden is even further underwater with this group on his ratings for combating climate change (24% excellent or good / 59% not so good or poor) and for holding oil and gas companies accountable (15% excellent or good / 61% not so good or poor).
This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including lots of new polling and message testing on international climate action to coincide with COP28.