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This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including new polling on climate denialism, Big Oil and politicians, solar and wind projects near communities, electric vehicles, and religiosity and climate views.
Most Americans would be comfortable with solar and wind projects in their communities. Purchase costs and convenience remain the public’s greatest concerns about EVs. 75% of Americans say that they would be comfortable with a field of solar panels being built in their community. 68% of Americans say that they would be comfortable with wind turbines being built in their community.
Constituents in key U.S. House districts support climate-smart agriculture funding and reject arguments to repeal it in the Farm Bill. 55%+ of constituents in key U.S. House districts support the climate-smart agriculture funding in the Inflation Reduction Act. This resource includes polling from five house districts: PA-01, NC-01, KS-03, MN-02, and WA-03.
This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including new polling on opposition to government shutdowns and repealing Inflation Reduction Act funding as well as understanding of Biden's clean energy policies.
CBS News Biden-Trump poll finds concerns about Biden finishing a second term, and voters' finances also weigh on Biden
This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including new polling on support for climate justice policies, the EPA and FDA, climate impacts, and climate as a top priority among young people.
Voters don’t want a government shutdown, or proposed cuts to clean water and IRA implementation. 75% of voters oppose proposed cuts to funding to provide safe and clean drinking water and to protect children from lead poisoning. 59% of voters oppose proposed cuts to government investments from the Inflation Reduction Act to combat the climate crisis. 58% of voters disagree that the U.S. should put more tax subsidies into traditional fossil fuels and take away benefits for investing in clean energy like wind and solar power.
Americans are largely unfamiliar with the concept of “climate justice,” but support the goals of climate justice and key climate justice policies when they learn about them. 81% of voters support creating more parks and green spaces in low-income communities and communities of color. 77% of voters support strengthening enforcement of industrial pollution limits in low-income communities and communities of color that are disproportionately impacted by air and water pollution. 75% of voters support developing a national program to train people from low-income communities and communities of color for new jobs in the renewable energy industry. 53% of voters support the goals of climate justice after reading a brief description of the concept.
Recent focus groups underscore widespread enthusiasm for clean energy and urgency for electrification in New England. In the summer of 2023, Barr Foundation sponsored six focus groups with homeowners in each New England state and a final group with renters to gain further insights. They were particularly interested in discussing electrification, which has become a central part of climate strategies in the region. In alignment with the climate poll, respondents had an overwhelmingly positive perception of clean energy, but they also had questions about implementation, the costs of the energy transition, and how their own lives might change in the future. Many respondents viewed the clean energy transition as inevitable; they encouraged incentives and policies at the state and federal level that further clean energy development. A factor which gave participants pause was grid reliability; participants were concerned about the ability of the electric system to handle the transition of the power supply and the addition of many heat pumps and electric vehicles. Residents’ hesitation to adopt clean technologies is tied to costs, and most are unaware of incentives that are already available to them (or will be soon). People like heat pumps (once they know what they are). Rooftop solar is considered a luxury. Participants like the idea of clean heat standards+.
The GreenLatinos Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Anniversary Enuentro is an event dedicated to celebrating the successes and acknowledging the shortcomings of the IRA in delivering environmental justice in nuestras comunidades. These PDF slides include lots of information about IRA provisions' potential impacts on Latino/a/e communities in the US. Further, see a webinar link to a discussion of these provisions.