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Climate change ranks among the top issue priorities for Latinos, and the majority support the Inflation Reduction Act. Latinos support the Inflation Reduction Act by a 62%-32% margin after reading a brief description of it. More Latinos name climate change as one of the national issues that is “most worrying” to them than any other issue besides inflation, crime/gun violence, and immigration.

Research & Articles
10-17-2022

Overwhelming majorities of young Americans are concerned about climate change, extreme weather, and pollution impacting their communities. Less than one-third say that the U.S. is on the right track in addressing climate change. 64% of young Americans aged 18-29 believe that increasing domestic production of clean energy like wind and solar would be effective towards addressing climate change. 62% of young Americans aged 18-29 believe that enforcing stricter rules around corporations’ climate pollution would be effective towards addressing climate change.

Home solar panel adoption continues to rise in the U.S.

Rebecca Leppert and Brian Kennedy. Pew Research Center
Research & Articles
10-14-2022

Residential solar has continued to grow rapidly in recent years, despite COVID-19-related supply chain issues, import restrictions and other obstacles. Residential solar power installations rose by 34% from 2.9 gigawatts in 2020 to 3.9 gigawatts in 2021. In the second quarter of 2022, residential solar set its 5th consecutive quarterly growth record. 8% of U.S. homeowners said they have already installed solar panels and an additional 39% have given serious thought to it in the past year. The share of homeowners who say they have installed solar panels is up from 6% in a 2019 survey and 4% in 2016. When asked about possible reasons for installing solar panels, almost all homeowners who have installed them or considered doing so (92%) see saving money on bills as a reason. Democrats and Republicans who have installed or considered installing home solar panels are about equally likely to say this. Most homeowners who said in January that they’ve installed or seriously considered installing solar panels at home said helping the environment was a motivation for doing so (81%). 59% said they did so because it would be better for their health and their family’s health. Another 64% cited solar investment tax credits as a reason. (That survey was conducted before the 30% federal tax credit became law in August 2022.)

Americans prefer to vote for candidates who support climate and clean energy investments, but most don’t know that these investments were included in the Inflation Reduction Act. Voters are nearly twice as likely to say that they are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports “making big, new investments in climate and clean energy programs and in tax credits for renewable energy” (51%) as to say that they are less likely to vote for such a candidate (26%).

Latino Climate Justice Framework

22 Latino/a/x organizations
Research & Articles
10-01-2022

Climate justice for Latino Americans means centering policies that achieve environmental, energy, and economic justice together. Latino/a/x households pay disproportionately high energy costs, low-income, Latino/a/x households and communities have so far been left behind in the transition to clean energy, and Latino/a/x workers need a pathway to clean energy jobs. Therefore, we need to invest with justice in clean energy, accelerate the transition to renewable energy (i.e., wind, solar, geothermal and small-scale hydropower), and advance economic equity and opportunity for Latino/a/x workers. This resource further details these problems and policy and political solutions, as related to transit, jobs, fossil fuel drilling, climate adaptation, clean water, voting rights, conservation, and more.

Harness climate concerns shared by people of color. This survey of people of color about their attitudes toward climate change reveal that they are paying close attention to the issue and are motivated to get involved with climate solutions. The results show that people of color feel a strong sense of urgency to tackle climate change and are overwhelmingly more likely to support political candidates who prioritize the issue.

Research & Articles
09-30-2022

The group that most thinks Congress is out of touch with climate change is people who strongly disapprove of Joe Biden's job as president. More than half of every single demographic surveyed thinks Congress is out of touch on climate change. The exceptions include Democratic men, religious non-Protestants/Catholics, non-Christians, and people who strongly approve of President Joe Biden's job in general. But when broken down by age demographics, every age group from 18-to-24 to 75+ thought Congress wasn't doing a good job on climate.

Research & Articles
09-29-2022

The American public underestimates how much it agrees about climate change. While most Americans recognize the human causes of climate change and support action on the issue, less than half believe that most Americans also recognize the human causes of climate change. Educating Americans that they are part of the majority in recognizing the reality of human-caused climate change could create a positive feedback loop on public opinion by making people more comfortable discussing the issue, establishing climate awareness as a societal norm, and providing a permission structure for people who don’t feel that those around them care about the issue. The majority of Americans (63%) recognize that climate change is “entirely” or “mostly” caused by humans. 70% of Americans recognize that climate change is currently affecting the weather worldwide. 60% of Americans recognize that climate change is currently affecting the weather in their area. By a 65%-20% margin, Americans support tax credits for corporations that reduce carbon emissions. By a 64%-23% margin, Americans support increased government regulation on corporations’ carbon emissions.

Times/Siena Poll: Democrats Buoyed by Abortion and Trump

Lisa Lerer and Nate Cohn. New York Times
Research & Articles
09-16-2022

More education about the Inflation Reduction Act is needed in order to bolster public support for it. New polling by the New York Times and Siena finds that voters are split roughly evenly on the Inflation Reduction Act when they aren’t provided with any details about it (37% support / 32% oppose), while new polling by Navigator finds that voters support the bill by an overwhelming margin after reading a brief description of its major provisions (64% support / 26% oppose).

Support for the Inflation Reduction Act is stable. Voters continue to rank climate change among the top priorities for Biden and Congress; three in five attribute climate change to human activity. Importantly, there remains a strong public appetite for more federal action on climate. In fact, after inflation and the economy, climate change and the environment rank on par with or higher than any other issue priority for the national electorate. Voters support the Inflation Reduction Act by a greater than two-to-one margin (64% support / 26% oppose) after reading a one-sentence description of the bill and its major provisions. 60% of Americans agree that climate change is mostly a result of human activity.