Americans Twice as Likely to Vote for Candidates That Support Climate Action, New Poll
Registered voters in the U.S. are 2.5 times more likely to vote for presidential or congressional candidates who support action on climate change, according to a new polling report released last week. Moreover, registered voters are 3 times more likely to vote against a candidate who opposes climate action. The poll, conducted by the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University and the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, surveyed a nationally representative sample of 860 American registered voters over a two-week span in April.
Interestingly, the research also identified a schism in Republicans’ climate attitudes. While liberal or moderate Republicans often share views consistent with mainstream public opinion about climate, conservative Republicans’ views on climate often deviate significantly from the rest of the American public.
George Mason Center for Climate Communication Staff
We find that registered voters are 2.5 times more likely to vote for a congressional or presidential candidate who supports action to reduce global warming. Further, registered voters are 3 times more likely to vote against a candidate who opposes action to reduce global warming.
Many Americans are also willing to act politically:
- 26% are willing to join or are currently participating in a campaign to convince elected officials to take action to reduce global warming;
- 37% are willing to sign a pledge to vote only for political candidates that share their views on global warming;
- 13% are willing to personally engage in non-violent civil disobedience against corporate or government activities that make global warming worse.