In what demographics have opinions on climate change moved the most?
This report examines shifts in climate opinion across demographic groups, based on responses to surveys in 2016, 2017, and 2019. Key findings include:
- The electorate increasingly and indiscriminately sees climate change as an important issue, with consensus growing consistently across demographic groups.
- Black and Asian American respondents both overwhelmingly viewed climate change as important at significantly higher levels than in 2016.
- One of the most prominent shifts in opinion on climate change occurred among Independent voters, with a margin widening from 11 to 25 percentage points.
- Generally, opinions on climate change were similar and increased at a similar pace across demographic groups separated by education level.