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Environmental Polling Roundup - June 14th, 2024

David Gold, Environmental Polling Consortium
Research & Articles
06-14-2024

This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including a new wave of Yale and George Mason’s long-running “Climate Change in the American Mind” survey, new battleground polling on climate change and clean energy in the presidential race, and new polling on sustainable aquaculture.

Climate Change in the American Mind: Politics & Policy, Spring 2024

Anthony Leiserowitz, Edward Maibach, Seth Rosenthal et al. Yale University and George Mason University
Research & Articles
06-13-2024

Steady majorities of voters say that clean energy and global warming should be high priorities for the President and Congress, and voters overwhelmingly prefer pro-climate candidates over candidates who oppose climate action. By a greater than four-to-one margin, voters would prefer to vote for a candidate for public office who supports action on global warming (62%) over a candidate who opposes action on global warming (15%). 74% of voters support the Inflation Reduction Act after reading a brief description of it. 77% of voters support providing tax rebates to people who purchase energy-efficient vehicles or solar panels. 74% of voters support tax credits or rebates to encourage people to buy electric appliances, such as heat pumps and induction stoves, that run on electricity instead of oil or gas. 66% of voters support transitioning the U.S. economy from fossil fuels to 100% clean energy by 2050. 80% of voters support strengthening enforcement of industrial pollution limits in low-income communities and communities of color that are disproportionately impacted by air and water pollution. 65% of voters support building solar farms in their local area. 58% of voters support building wind farms in their local area.

Voters in coastal states and areas widely support research into sustainable aquaculture as a way to grow more seafood healthily and sustainably in the U.S. Roughly three-quarters (76%) of voters support the SEAfood Act when they see it explained as a “proposal that would examine the risks and opportunities of aquaculture in the open ocean off the U.S. coast before setting regulations and standards.” This proposal draws support from across the political spectrum, with 81% of Democrats, 67% of independents, and 75% of Republicans in favor. More than four in five voters agree with each of the following statements about the issue: “The U.S. is currently importing 90% of its seafood, and half of it is farmed. Doing the research to figure out how to do it here will expand economic opportunity” (84% agree). “The U.S. is currently importing 90% of its seafood, and half of it is farmed, but it’s not up to the same health and safety standards we have. Doing the research to figure out how to do it here will ensure we consume safe seafood” (82% agree).

Environmental Polling Roundup - June 7th, 2024

David Gold, Environmental Polling Consortium
Research & Articles
06-07-2024

This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including new national polling on Americans’ climate attitudes, climate change and energy policy as factors in the presidential race, and extreme weather + new statewide polling in Georgia and North Carolina.

Research & Articles
06-06-2024

Americans view climate change as a health issue and expect this summer’s weather to be as extreme or worse than last summer’s. 65% of Americans agree that climate change is a “threat to human health”. Two in five (40%) believe that climate change presents a “large” or “moderate” risk to their own personal health and well-being. Most Americans (63%) expect this summer to either be on par with last summer (36%) or even worse (37%) in terms of weather-related issues – even after hearing that 2023 was the warmest year on record for the planet. This is clearly a source of anxiety for Americans heading into the warmer months, with most (53%) saying that they are concerned about themselves or someone in their family being impacted by extreme weather this summer.

Research & Articles
06-04-2024

Most Americans say that climate change will be an important factor in their vote for president, as majorities say that it’s “very important” for the next president to expand U.S. clean energy and enforce clean air and water rules. Most support solar and wind energy projects in their own communities. 78% of Americans recognize that climate change is happening. 65% of Americans say that climate change policy will be an important factor in their vote for president this year. 56% of Americans say that it’s “extremely” or “very” important for the next president to enforce strict clean air and water regulations. 53% of Americans say that it’s “extremely” or “very” important for the next president to expand the U.S. clean energy industry. 62% of Americans say that corporations and industry have “a great deal” or “a lot” of responsibility for addressing climate change. 59% of Americans say that the U.S. federal government has “a great deal” or “a lot” of responsibility for addressing climate change. 64% of Americans support a solar panel field being built in their community. 60% of Americans support wind turbines being built in their community.

Environmental Polling Roundup - May 31st, 2024

David Gold, Environmental Polling Consortium
Research & Articles
05-31-2024

This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including new national polling on oil and gas accountability, energy prices, and the public health impacts of climate change + new polling in Nevada on climate and clean energy messaging.

Voters Say Climate Anxiety Negatively Impacts Their Daily Lives

Catherine Fraser and Grace Adcox. Data for Progress
Research & Articles
05-29-2024

Most voters believe that climate change will impact their health and where they live, and more than two-thirds support the Community Mental Wellness and Resilience Act after reading about it. Nearly seven in ten voters (69% support / 24% oppose) say that they support the Community Mental Wellness and Resilience Act. Support for the bill spans partisan lines, with nearly nine in ten Democrats (88%), two-thirds of independents (67%), and around half of Republicans (52%) in favor of it. Climate anxiety is highly relatable, with most voters saying that climate change negatively impacts their plans for the future. The majority of voters (55%) say that their feelings about climate change have some kind of negative impact on their planning for the future. Younger voters in particular expect that their lives will be impacted by climate change. Nearly two-thirds of voters under 45 say that climate change will impact their health (65%) and where they live (64%), and most voters under 45 (54%) believe that it will impact their finances as well.

Environmental Polling Roundup - May 24th, 2024

David Gold, Environmental Polling Consortium
Research & Articles
05-24-2024

This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including new polling on climate change in the presidential race, fossil fuel accountability, and PFAS + new qualitative research among Latino voters and new data on the long-term trends in Americans’ climate attitudes.

Research & Articles
05-22-2024

Misinformation about environmental issues is prominent on social media. This research found the following activity that contained misinformation or negative narratives related to the environment, particularly motivations about the environmental movement (from May 15-21, 2024): 2,000 X posts with more than 10 reposts; 1,000 Facebook posts with more than 10 engagements; 70 TikTok posts; 300 Telegram posts with more than 1,000 views; 90 Truth Social posts with more than 10 retruths; 60 Gab posts with more than 10 reposts. Some topics include “Texas wind turbine graveyard proves green movement isn’t green” and “Jordan Peterson asserts climate science is an appalling scam.”