New Poll: A Majority of Republicans Support the Paris Agreement
Republican Congressional leaders and presidential candidates may not be supportive of the Paris climate deal, but their constituents are – according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll, 58 percent of Republicans approve of working with other nations to fight climate change. An even greater number (68 percent) say they are willing to make individual efforts to protect the environment, like buying a more fuel-efficient car.
As the impacts of climate change grow more evident, people across the political spectrum are realizing the urgency of the issue and the need for the U.S. to take action – and they also understand that America can’t solve the problem by itself. Tackling climate change will require a swift transition to wind and solar energy, which voters of both parties also widely support. It’s heartening to see consensus building in favor of climate solutions, and the partisan divide continuing to close. Let’s help keep the momentum going.
Reuters | December 22, 2015
A majority of U.S. Republicans who had heard of the international climate deal in Paris said they support working with other countries to curb global warming and were willing to take steps to do so, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll on Tuesday.
The desire for action is notable for an issue that has barely made a ripple on the campaign trail among 2016 Republican presidential candidates. Few of the Republican White House contenders have said much at all about the United Nations summit in Paris this month, though Democratic candidates, such as Hillary Clinton, have welcomed it.
More than half, or 58 percent, of Republicans surveyed said they approved of U.S. efforts to work with other nations to limit global warming, the poll showed. Forty percent said they would support a presidential candidate who did so.
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