New Poll: Three in 10 Americans Will Pledge to Vote for Candidates Who Share Their Views on Climate
New polling results released this month reveal that millions of registered voters would sign a pledge to vote for, would volunteer for, or would give money to candidates who share their views on climate change, if asked to do so by a person they like and respect.
The research, conducted by the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University and the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, found that close to 30 percent of voters say they would “definitely” or “probably” sign a pledge to vote for candidates that shares their views on climate change. In addition, approximately 15 percent would be willing to donate money or volunteer for candidates that share their views on climate change.
Yale Project on Climate Change Communication Staff
Millions of registered voters would sign a pledge to vote for, would work for, or would give money to candidates who share their views on global warming – if asked to by a person they like and respect. This suggests that global warming could become a more prominent electoral issue if campaigns engage and mobilize this potential “issue public.”
Willingness to pledge
One in four registered voters (27%) thinks global warming is happening, is worried about it2, and would “definitely” (7%) or “probably” (20%) sign a pledge to vote only for candidates who share his or her views on global warming. This translates to more than 10 million3 registered voters who would definitely sign a pledge and more than 30 million who would probably sign one, for a total of about 41 million. Democrats are the most likely to say they would do so (10% definitely; 41% in total). Some Independents would also sign such a pledge (10% definitely; 18% in total), and some Republicans say they would as well (2% definitely; 11% in total).
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