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Environmental Polling Roundup - January 14th, 2022

David Gold, Environmental Polling Consortium
Research & Articles
01-14-2022

This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including new polling about Build Back Better and clean energy incentives, a new poll of Black and Latino Americans about climate and environmental justice issues, new findings from Yale and George Mason’s long-running “Six Americas” tracking study, and a newly released summary of the past year’s polling on climate and environmental issues.

 

You can also find a press release on the EPC’s end-of-year polling takeaways here, which was put out this week by EDF Action, the League of Conservation Voters, NRDC, Sierra Club, and the Climate Action Campaign.

 

HEADLINES

  • Yale Program on Climate Change Communication + GMU Center for Climate Change Communication - A record-high number of Americans are “Alarmed” about climate change; this group is now the largest of six attitudinal segments of the country (Alarmed, Concerned, Cautious, Disengaged, Doubtful, and Dismissive) and has nearly doubled in size over the past five years (Article)
  • WE ACT for Environmental Justice + GreenLatinos + Third Way - Black and Latino Americans feel the impacts of climate change firsthand; top-testing messages about climate action with these audiences include statements about future generations, scientific consensus, and economic benefits (ReleaseSlide Deck)
  • Navigator - More than three in five voters support the Build Back Better Plan, and support among Republican voters has increased over the past month; most voters also believe that the plan’s major provisions will be effective in lowering household costs (ReleaseSlide Deck)
  • Data for Progress + Invest in America - Broad majorities continue to support the Build Back Better Plan and its specific climate and environmental investments; support for the plan largely holds up after a simulated back-and-forth debate on inflation (ReleaseTopline)
  • Data for Progress - Voters support reforming the clean energy tax credit system with “direct pay” to clean energy producers (ArticleTopline)
  • Climate Power - Major takeaways from Climate Power’s 2021 polling include increased concern about climate change, steady majority support for the Build Back Better Plan and its core clean energy and climate provisions, and clear political upside for candidates who back the Build Back Better Plan (Article)

Tips & How-Tos
01-12-2022

This tipsheet lays out how advocates can build a relational climate conversations program to inspire supporters to take this most basic and neglected action: letting family members, friends, and neighbors know that they are not alone in caring about climate change, and that there are ways to face this crisis if they act together. The last page is a roadmap for how advocates can train supporters to hold productive conversations with their loved ones.


Environmental Polling Roundup - January 7th, 2022

David Gold, Environmental Polling Consortium
Research & Articles
01-07-2022

This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including new polling about Build Back Better, a new Yale/GMU report on consumer activism, and a comparison of how strongly partisan voters on both sides care about the government’s approach to climate change.

 

HEADLINES

  • Yale Program on Climate Change Communication + GMU Center for Climate Change Communication - Majorities of Americans believe companies of every kind should be doing more about global warming (ArticleFull Report)
  • Data for Progress - The Build Back Better plan and its major components were popular throughout 2021, and voters continue to back the plan by a nearly two-to-one margin once they know what’s in it (Article recapping 2021 pollingNew poll releaseNew topline)
  • POLITICO + Morning Consult - Voters narrowly support the Build Back Better plan when it’s described as “Democrats’ roughly $2 trillion climate and social spending package”; a plurality of the legislation’s supporters say it’s moving too slowly (ToplineCrosstabs)
  • Reuters/Ipsos - Democrats are more likely than Republicans to say they’d be “angry” if the government acts in opposition to their personal views on climate change (Release)

The 4th Arm Documentary

Partnership for Southern Equity
Research & Articles
01-04-2022

Community organizing has served as the 4th arm of government for black people seeking justice for over 150 years. This documentary highlights stories from the frontlines in Georgia, the epicenter of community organizing in the American South. It follows three organizers, from an elder in the movement to an emerging leader, and their community-building work. It explores how centering values and lived experience is so critical to the work of organizing and central to our ability to achieve the goals of energy and climate justice. When Black communities, Indigenous peoples and communities of color are authentically and thoughtfully engaged through organizing, we can win on climate and create systemic change. 


Sparking Imagination: A Proof of Concept

Mystic Ludlum, Hip Hop Caucus
Research & Articles
12-21-2021

This Lab-supported interactive research project contributes to the knowledge-base of cultural and creative organizing in the context of Hip Hop Caucus' Think 100% Hampton Roads Organizing Project, which began with the goal of using comedy and cultural events to help mobilize Millennial and Gen Z Black voters in the Hampton Roads region for the 2019 statewide elections in Virginia, with voters being informed by the need for climate justice, equitable solutions for the climate crisis, and the protection of Black communities from flooding.

It seeks to share the processes, experiences, wisdom, and “grows” and “glows” of this ongoing organizing project with those working for climate justice through creative and cultural organizing in the spirit of creating and sharing knowledge and cultures that serve collective futures. The author hopes the wisdom and lessons found here will help others use creative and cultural organizing strategies to help cultivate the power of the people, shift cultures, and foster the re-imagining of the narratives on which communities and what solutions should be centered within the movement for climate justice.


Environmental Polling Roundup - December 10th, 2021

David Gold, Environmental Polling Consortium
Research & Articles
12-10-2021

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

 

HEADLINES

  • Data for Progress + Invest in America - Majorities continue to support the Build Back Better plan and its major climate and environmental investments when provided with brief descriptions; voters side more with economic arguments in favor of the plan than economic arguments against it (ArticleTopline)
  • Data for Progress - Support for the Build Back Better plan remains high after voters hear back-and-forth arguments about its impact on inflation (ArticleTopline)
  • POLITICO + Morning Consult - More voters support than oppose the Build Back Better plan when it’s described as “the Democrats’ roughly $2 trillion Build Back Better climate and social spending package”; health care provisions continue to drive support, and majorities also support specific climate and clean energy provisions (ArticleCrosstabs)
  • Monmouth University - Support for the Build Back Better plan is steady, including majority support for including “a significant amount of money to deal with climate change” (Release, including topline and crosstabs)
  • NPR + Marist College - Americans are more inclined to believe that the Build Back Better plan will have a positive impact on jobs than inflation; perceptions of its personal impact are sharply driven by partisanship (ArticleCrosstabs)
  • Conservative Energy Network - Voters overwhelmingly favor increased use of renewables and are far more likely to vote for political candidates who recognize how human activity contributes to climate change (ReleaseTopline)

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)