New Poll: 83% of Americans Support Action on Climate
New poll results released this week by the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University and the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication reveal that Americans are supportive of action on climate change and have clear opinions about who can and should take this action.
Here are a few of poll’s key findings.
1. Most Americans (83%) say the U.S. should make an effort to reduce global warming, even if it has economic costs.
2. Energy issues trump climate change as a national priority. Energy independence ranked 8th on a list of 13 national issues (including health care and the economy), while global warming ranked 11th.
3. Many Americans (65%) believe that corporations and industry should be doing more to address climate change. In contrast, Americans are less confident that government should and will be able to address climate change. Only half of Americans say Congress or President Obama should be doing more to address the problem. And just one in four Americans are confident that federal, state, or local government policies can help reduce global warming.
4. About 7 in 10 Americans support funding more renewable energy research, regulating CO2 as a pollutant, and providing tax rebates for individuals who purchase solar panels or energy-efficient vehicles.
To view the full report, click here.