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Amid Brutal Natural Disaster Season, Nearly 3 in 4 Adults Say Climate Change Is Playing a Role

Lisa Martine Jenkins, Morning Consult
09-18-2020

Nationally representative polling from Sept. 14-16 shows that 39% of US adults say that climate change has contributed “a lot” to recent natural disasters like hurricanes and wildfires, with a further 34% saying climate change was responsible for “some.” Black and Hispanic adults were the most likely to say “a lot” (49% each), with White respondents at 36%.

Other highlights:

  • Roughly half (48 percent) of U.S. adults are “very concerned” about the impact of climate change on the U.S. environment.
  • 4% of adults say they are considering moving now due to natural disaster concerns, and 16% say they would consider a move in the future.
  • 39% if adults say they are “very concerned” about the impact of climate change on the U.S. economy.
  • The percentage of adults who say they are “not concerned at all” about climate change fell to 8% in this survey.