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Voters Want to See More Climate Coverage in the Media

Dr. Genevieve Gunther, Danielle Deiseroth, and Marcela Mulholland. Data For Progress
09-17-2020

A Sept. 11-14 poll of likely voters nationally has found strong demand for more media coverage of climate change and its impacts on events like extreme-weather hazards. Some highlights:

  • Only 39% of voters hear about climate change at least once a week in the media compared to 45% who say they hear about natural disasters in that timeframe
  • 59 percent say they follow climate change somewhat or very closely in the news (69% of Democrats, 59% of Independents, 51% of Independents)
  • 77% say it is important for the news to attribute extreme weather events to climate change (48% very important)
  • This includes 88% of Democrats (65% Very Important), 71% of Independents (40% Very Important), and 68% of Republicans (33% Very Important)
  • 71% say they want to hear the news tell them if climate change is worsening an extreme weather event, including 66% of Republicans