New Analysis: Red States and Blue States Agree We Need Action on Climate Change
Conventional wisdom (and research) tells us that Republicans and Democrats are about as far apart in their views on climate change as you can get. But a new meta-analysis of polling data recently featured in The Huffington Post suggests a different story. The analysis, conducted by the Program for Public Consultation (PPC), a joint project of the Center on Policy Attitudes and the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, shows that Americans in red states and blue states are not as divided over climate change as people usually think.
For example, approximately 80 percent of respondents in both blue and red states agree that the United States has “a responsibility to take steps to deal with climate change.” In addition, the majority of respondents in both Democratic (60 percent) and Republican (55 percent) districts agree that that the “government is not doing enough to deal with the problem of climate change.”
Elliott Negin Contributor to The Huffington Post and
Congress is more deeply divided today than it has been in the last two decades on a wide range of issues, including global warming. In the Senate, for example, Oklahoma Republican James Inhofe routinely fulminates that it’s a hoax, while Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse understands the science and is leading the charge for a carbon tax.
Conventional wisdom says the schism between Inhofe and Whitehouse shouldn’t come as a shocker. After all, Oklahoma is a red (i.e. conservative) state, and Rhode Island is blue (i.e. liberal), and elected officials represent the views of their constituents, right?
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