Of all the issues that the president and Congress could prioritize this year, climate and the environment are the most polarized by partisanship. Overall, three-quarters of Americans (75%) agree that strengthening the economy should be a “top priority” for the president and Congress to address this year. No other issue polls above 60% as a “top” priority, and “protecting the environment” (44%) and “dealing with climate change” (37%) rank in the middle-to-lower end of the 21 priorities that the survey asked about. Self-identified Democrats are 47 points more likely to name “protecting the environment” as a top priority (67%) than Republicans (20%), and 46 points more likely to name “dealing with global climate change” (59%) as a top priority than Republicans (13%).
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