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Americans widely agree that climate change is harming people in the U.S. today and expect climate impacts to get worse in the future. Most trust that climate scientists understand the problem, despite doubts among Republicans. 75% of Americans recognize that human activity is contributing at least “some” to climate change. 71% of Americans agree that climate change is causing at least “some” harm to people in the U.S. today. 56% of Americans rate climate change as an “extremely” or “very” serious problem. 65% of Americans believe that climate scientists understand how climate change affects extreme weather events “very” or “fairly” well. 63% of Americans believe that climate scientists understand the causes of climate change “very” or “fairly” well.
Poll: Lowering Drug Prices and Investing in Infrastructure are Most Popular and Known Biden Accomplishments
Investments in infrastructure and clean energy rank among President Biden’s most widely recognized accomplishments, as majorities continue to support the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act. 58% of Americans support the IRA. This ranks lower than many other Biden-led investment bills. The lowering of prescription drug prices ranks highest, at 77% overall support.
This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including new polling on the benefits of climate policies for people's health and Latino/a/x Americans' climate opinions.
Americans have become more worried about and interested in global warming and started to perceive it as a greater risk in recent years. Americans were asked in a survey (in 2021): “What do you think is the greatest threat that global warming poses to the United States, if any?” The most common theme was Weather extremes and changes (20% of Americans), which included different types of extreme weather (e.g., floods, wildfires, droughts, hurricanes, extreme temperatures), changing weather patterns, and seasonal shifts. Many respondents in this category listed multiple extreme events, such as wildfires and droughts, or heat waves and flooding. The second most common theme was Global warming is not a threat (7%), which included statements about not being worried about climate change or expressing positions that raise doubts about climate science and scientists. The third most common themes were Pollution (6%), Other (6%), and Don’t know (6%). Respondents in the Pollution category mentioned specific pollution sources, such as “carbon dioxide,” “vehicle emissions,” or “waste disposal.”
This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including new polling on Americans' views of corporation intervention into various social issues.
Most Americans say that major companies should be involved in environmental advocacy. 93% of Americans say that major companies should support improving environment and sustainability practices. 61% of Americans say that major companies should be involved in advocacy about improving environmental and sustainability practices, including 75% of Democrats and 57% of Republicans.
This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including new polling on climate denialism, Big Oil and politicians, solar and wind projects near communities, electric vehicles, and religiosity and climate views.
Most Americans would be comfortable with solar and wind projects in their communities. Purchase costs and convenience remain the public’s greatest concerns about EVs. 75% of Americans say that they would be comfortable with a field of solar panels being built in their community. 68% of Americans say that they would be comfortable with wind turbines being built in their community.
Voters are more inclined to blame the UAW strike on corporate greed than EVs. Over half of Americans also say they have favorable views of the UAW (51% favorable – 19% unfavorable) and a plurality hold favorable views of the WGA (41% favorable – 19% unfavorable). Americans agree by a near two-to-one margin with a statement that “American car companies are making record profits and have given their CEOs a 40% pay raise in the last 4 years, while their employees’ average hourly wage has dropped more than 30% in the last 20 years… corporate greed is hurting these employees, and they deserve better working conditions and pay” (63%) over a conservative argument that “the push for electric vehicles is hurting America’s auto workers, with cars requiring fewer parts to be manufactured in combination with the ongoing outsourcing of manufacturing to other countries… this all hurts their salary, working conditions, and job opportunities” (37%). 80% of Americans support the employees’ right to bargain collectively for workplace conditions such as pay, health care, and time off, by forming a union.
Constituents in key U.S. House districts support climate-smart agriculture funding and reject arguments to repeal it in the Farm Bill. 55%+ of constituents in key U.S. House districts support the climate-smart agriculture funding in the Inflation Reduction Act. This resource includes polling from five house districts: PA-01, NC-01, KS-03, MN-02, and WA-03.