Energy Trumps Climate in New Poll on Americans’ Priorities

020314WSJPoll_SquareA public opinion poll recently featured in the National Journal found that while climate change ranks relatively low on Americans’ policy priority lists, “dealing with the nation’s energy problem” ranks significantly higher. The poll, conducted in January by the Pew Research Center, found that 29 percent of respondents reported that climate change should be a top priority for President Obama and Congress. Another 31 percent said it should be an “important but lower priority.”
The poll found significantly greater public support, however, for “dealing with the nation’s energy problem.” Just under half of Americans (45 percent) said dealing with the nation’s energy problem should be a top priority, and another 41 percent said it should be an “important but lower priority.” These results suggest that talking about energy instead of climate could be one way of bypassing political polarization and building support for climate and energy solutions.


Public to Obama, Congress: Climate Action Is No Big Deal This Year

By Ben German, Energy & Environment Correspondent at the National Journal
Two new polls show that the public isn’t exactly beating the drum for President Obama and Congress to put climate change atop their agendas.
An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds that 27 percent believe that addressing climate change should be an “absolute priority” in 2014.
Forty-one percent put the topic in the “can be delayed until next year” bucket, according to the poll conducted January 22-25 and released Tuesday.
In contrast, 91 percent say job creation should be a top priority, reducing the deficit comes in at 74 percent, and 63 percent say ensuring all children have access to preschool should be in the “absolute priority for this year” category.
A separate Pew Research Center poll finds that 29 percent of respondents want global warming to be a “top priority” for Obama and Congress this year, while 31 percent call it an “important but lower priority.”
The Pew poll finds greater public emphasis on a pair of topics closely related to climate change.
The survey released Monday finds that 49 percent say “protecting the environment” should be a top priority, while “dealing with the nation’s energy problem” comes in at 45 percent.
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