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CBS News poll finds big majority of Americans support U.S. taking steps to reduce climate change
Jennifer De Pinto, Anthony Salvanto, Fred Backus. CBS News

Americans have heard little about the Biden administration’s climate efforts, but the administration’s climate and environmental policies are popular when people learn about them. Seven in ten Americans (70%) support the U.S. “taking steps to try to slow or stop the rate of climate change,” including nine in ten Democrats (91%), two-thirds of independents (68%), and around half of Republicans (48%). 53% of Americans support policies that would encourage the production of more electric or hybrid vehicles and fewer gas-powered vehicles in the U.S. When asked when people should address the issue of climate change, just over half of Americans (52%) say that action should happen “right now.” Only half of Americans (50%) say that they have heard “some” or “a lot” about what the Biden administration has done so far to deal with climate change, including just 14% who say that they’ve heard “a lot” about it. There is also a general sense that climate change is contributing to extreme weather, as half of Americans (51%) believe that climate change is a “major” factor behind more severe extreme weather events in the U.S. these days and an additional 28% believe that climate change is a “minor” factor.