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Environmental Polling Roundup - December 3rd, 2021

David Gold, Environmental Polling Consortium
Research & Articles
12-03-2021

This post includes a roundup of climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from this week’s public polls - including new polling on the Build Back Better plan, climate agreements made at COP26, and young Americans’ climate attitudes.

 

HEADLINES

  • Navigator - Support for the Build Back Better package remains high, and messages about corporate greed and the bill’s economic benefits help neutralize attacks over spending and inflation; replacing lead pipes is the most popular policy to tout in the bipartisan infrastructure bill (Build Back Better Deck, Infrastructure Deck)
  • POLITICO + Morning Consult - Roughly half of voters support the Build Back Better package when it’s described as Democrats’ “$2 trillion Build Back Better climate and social spending package,” but a plurality believe it will worsen inflation (Article, Crosstabs)
  • Morning Consult - Few Americans followed coverage about COP26, but most support the major international agreements made at the conference (Article, Crosstabs)
  • Harvard Institute of Politics - Most young Americans expect climate change to impact their major life decisions (Release, Topline, Crosstabs)

Environmental Polling Roundup - November 19th, 2021

David Gold, Environmental Polling Consortium
Research & Articles
11-19-2021

This post includes a roundup of climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from this week’s public polls - including a major new report on Americans’ shifting climate change attitudes from the Yale and GMU programs on climate change communication, plus fresh polling about the Build Back Better plan and how voters view climate-friendly policies in the context of rising living costs and gas prices.

 

HEADLINES

  • Yale Program on Climate Change Communication + GMU Center for Climate Change Communication - The majority of Americans now believe that Americans are being harmed by global warming “right now”; beliefs that climate change is having a major impact on weather have also risen sharply this year  (Release, Full Report) 
  • Washington Post + ABC - The Build Back Better plan has majority support after a brief description that leads with its climate change focus; most view climate change as a “very serious” problem facing the country  (Topline, Crosstabs) 
  • Yahoo + YouGov - Climate change is on par with coronavirus and only behind the economy and health care as a top issue for Americans in the 2022 elections; support for the Build Back Better plan drops among Democrats and independents when they learn that the package was trimmed down (Topline, Crosstabs)
  • Climate Power + Data for Progress - With voters deeply concerned about energy prices, investments in energy efficiency remain very popular (Release, Toplines)
  • Navigator - Voters are receptive to the argument that corporate greed, including by oil and gas companies, is driving the rising cost of living (Release, Deck, Topline)
  • Coltura + Climate Nexus + Yale + GMU - Most voters support requiring all new cars sold in their state to be electric starting in 2030; tax rebates and new charging infrastructure are key drivers of interest in purchasing electric vehicles (Press Release, National Topline, Full release including links to state-level toplines)

Environmental Polling Roundup - November 12th, 2021

David Gold, Environmental Polling Consortium
Research & Articles
11-12-2021

This post includes a roundup of climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from this week’s public polls - including new polling on the Build Back Better plan, its key provisions, and its personal impacts.

HEADLINES

  • POLITICO + Morning Consult - Climate change and the environment remain the two issues where Democrats in Congress are trusted most over Republicans in Congress; passing a climate bill is equally or more important to Democratic voters than any other priority besides coronavirus recovery (ToplineCrosstabs)
  • Navigator - Voters continue to widely support the Build Back Better plan after learning basic information about it; while health insurance provisions remain the most popular elements of the plan, over two-thirds see investment in clean energy jobs as a good reason to pass the legislation (ReleaseDeck)
  • Monmouth University - Six in ten Americans support significant investment in climate action as part of the Build Back Better framework (Release including topline and crosstabs)
  • Suffolk University + USA Today - Most voters still don’t see how the reconciliation bill will help their own family (ToplineCrosstabs

Resources for working with climate emotions

All We Can Save, Gen Dread
Research & Articles
11-09-2021

There are numerous resources for those seeking to better understand climate emotions and those feeling depressed, anxious, or overwhelmed by the climate crisis. Eco-distress is a normal and reasonable feeling in response to the social, environmental, and economic impacts of climate change.              


Environmental Polling Roundup - November 5th, 2021

David Gold, Environmental Polling Consortium
Research & Articles
11-05-2021

This post includes a roundup of climate + environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from this week’s public polls - including fresh polling on the new Build Back Better framework and its core climate and energy provisions + analysis of climate polling trends throughout the year + new polling on attitudes about climate and clean energy among Latino voters in battleground states and districts.

HEADLINES

  • Morning Consult - The public’s level of concern about climate has generally been steady this year but Biden’s approval on the issue has declined, in large part due to a drop among Democrats (Article)
  • POLITICO + Morning Consult - Major provisions of the Build Back Better framework, including investments in clean energy and climate, remain popular; when forced to choose which policies they most want to keep in the bill, voters gravitate toward health care provisions (ArticleToplineCrosstabs)
  • Navigator - Top-testing arguments for the Build Back Better plan focus on supporting workers, lowering everyday costs, and creating a better future for the next generation; regular voters still know very little about the bill (ReleaseDeckTopline)
  • Data for Progress + Invest in America - Support for the new Build Back Better framework is high, including two-to-one support for investing in clean energy, resiliency, and conservation (ReleaseTopline)
  • Data for Progress + Groundwork Collaborative + SEAP - Two-thirds of voters in southern states are concerned about climate change and southern voters widely agree that extreme weather events are on the rise in their communities (MemoCrosstabs)
  • Climate Power + BSP Research - Latino voters in battleground states and districts overwhelmingly support the Build Back Better plan’s climate and clean energy provisions (ToplineCrosstabsAZ ReleaseCO ReleaseFL ReleaseNV ReleaseCA Battleground Districts ReleaseTX Battleground Districts Release)

Polling Insights: Care & Climate Narratives

Climate Advocacy Lab, Feminist Green New Deal Coalition
Research & Articles
10-26-2021

The Feminist Green New Deal Coalition released a report with Data for Progress that finds there is a strong shared belief that care should be central to climate, workforce, and infrastructure policies. In the midst of intersecting economic crises, climate crises, and the ongoing infrastructure fights, these findings reiterate that people want bold economic investments that center care for people and the planet.

Planning for a future that centers well-being for people and the planet requires an understanding of the intersectionality of the ongoing crises of care and climate, the ways in which policy can deliver intersectional solutions, and the narratives that help and hurt this cause. Join the Climate Advocacy Lab with Tamara Toles O'Laughlin (EGA), Kahea Pacheco (Women's Earth Alliance), Amanda Novello (Data for Progress), and Mara Dolan (WEDO) for a deep dive into the report's findings as well as relevant takeaways for climate advocates and their work.


Environmental Polling Roundup - October 22nd, 2021

David Gold, Environmental Polling Consortium
Research & Articles
10-22-2021

This post includes a roundup of climate + environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from this week’s public polls - including new polling on the Build Back Better plan, a new report on politics and global warming perceptions from Yale and George Mason, new polls about extreme weather and methane rules, and a summary deck of key messaging and insights from recent climate and clean energy polling.

HEADLINES

  • Navigator - Fairer taxes, lower prescription drug prices, and expanded Medicare coverage are key rationales for voters to support the Build Back Better plan; most also believe that the bill’s clean energy policies will help people like them (ReleaseDeckTopline)
  • Vox/Data for Progress - Voters continue to support the Build Back Better plan by a two-to-one margin after a brief explanation; majorities also support the CEPP and resist arguments to cut clean energy performance goals from the bill (ArticleTopline)
  • Yale Program on Climate Change Communication & George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication - Global warming has risen as a priority throughout the electorate since the beginning of the year; specific policies to boost renewables, incentivize energy efficiency, and conserve lands and waters have cross-partisan support (ArticleReport)
  • Pew - Two-thirds of Americans perceive a rise in extreme weather; nearly half recall extreme weather in their own area over the past 12 months (ArticleTopline)
  • Environmental Defense Action Fund - New rules to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry have broad public backing, and communicating about new jobs in methane mitigation can enhance support (Memo)
  • Global Strategy Group - Top messages in favor of climate action and clean energy focus on health, future generations, and rebuilding an economy that works for all Americans (Deck)