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Voters support the core climate and environmental provisions in President Biden’s proposed budget. 60% of voters say that President Biden’s proposed investments in American manufacturing of clean energy technologies should remain in the budget, while just 25% want to cut these investments. 59% of voters say that President Biden’s proposed investments to reduce energy costs by investing in clean energy and weatherization should remain in the budget, while just 27% want to cut these investments. 56% of voters say that President Biden’s proposed investments to cut plastic and air pollution (especially in at-risk communities) should remain in the budget, while just 28% want to cut these investments. 55% of voters say that President Biden’s proposed investments in clean energy infrastructure in rural communities should remain in the budget, while just 29% want to cut these investments.

Voters overwhelmingly support stronger railroad oversight in the wake of the East Palestine disaster. Voters are more likely to attribute higher gas prices to corporate greed than to environmental regulations. 77% of voters support legislation to provide more oversight into railroad carriers and improve industry safety regulations, including majorities of Democrats, independents, and Republicans.

Voters want to see stronger clean air standards from the EPA, with annual and daily soot limits that meet the recommendations of the EPA’s scientific advisors. Voters reject the argument that stricter standards would hurt the economy and drive up energy prices. By a 74%-16% margin, voters support the EPA updating air pollution standards by placing stricter limits on soot. After learning that the EPA’s proposed new soot standards are not as strict as the standards recommended by the EPA’s scientific advisors, voters support moving to the stricter standards recommended by the EPA’s scientific advisors by a 65%-20% margin.

Poll: Voters Mostly Support Biden’s 2024 Budget Proposal

Amanda Jacobson Snyder, Ricky Zipp, Julia Martinez, and AJ Dellinger. Morning Consult
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Voters support all of the major climate-related provisions in President Biden’s budget proposal. 62% of voters support President Biden’s proposal to invest $24 billion dollars in community climate resilience against floods, wildfires and storms. 61% of voters support President Biden’s proposed investments to help address climate change, such as measures to create clean energy jobs, fund climate research and strengthen communities affected by natural disasters related to climate change. 53% of voters support President Biden’s proposed investments to help meet the White House goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 50%-52% by 2030.

Global Warming’s Six Americas, December 2022

Anthony Leiserowitz, Edward Maibach, Seth Rosenthal, John Kotcher, Matthew Ballew, Jennifer Marlon, Jennifer Carman, Marija Verner, Sanguk Lee, Teresa Myers and Matthew Goldberg. Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
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Most recently, about 1 in 4 (26%) Americans are "Alarmed" about climate change. They outnumber the "Dismissive" (11%) by more than 2 to 1. Since the last Six Americas report, the "Alarmed" segment has decreased by 7 percentage points (from 33% in September 2021), however, the majority of Americans (53%) are still either "Alarmed" or "Concerned," while fewer than half that number (22%) are either "Doubtful" or "Dismissive."

Poll: An Energy and Climate Tracker

Julia Martinez and Brian Yermal Jr. Morning Consult
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The public’s level of concern about climate has generally been steady this year but Biden’s approval on the issue has declined, in large part due to a drop among Democrats. In advance of President Joe Biden’s arrival at COP26, the share of voters that “strongly” approve of his administration’s handling of climate change had shrunk to 17% from its peak of 25%; this is driven largely by a drop among Democrats, from 46% to 32%. In another recent national tracking poll conducted by Morning Consult with POLITICO, more Democrats said that passing a climate bill should be a “top priority” for Congress (59%) than any other type of legislation besides stimulating the economy to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic (66%).

By a 53%-38% margin, voters support their state investing public retirement funds in assets related to clean energy like wind and solar power. 48% of people have not heard enough about “ESG investing” to have an opinion on it—30% support it and 22% oppose it.

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Polling commissioned by oil and gas companies shows that New Yorkers support climate action and want to phase out residential gas. 74% of New Yorkers support the state “aggressively moving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions”. 65% of New Yorkers support the goal of having 1 to 2 million New York homes heated with electric heat pumps rather than natural gas or oil-fueled furnaces by 2030. 65% of New Yorkers support the goal of electrifying 85% of New York homes and commercial buildings with electric heat pumps by 2050.

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There are key ways for movement groups to use narrative strategies to build stronger coalitions. Many narrative practitioners and funders are using creative means to build narrative infrastructure and power, especially for those whose voices have been traditionally marginalized or “othered.” Yet, we continue to experience fragmentation and toxic othering within many of our movement ecologies where civic space is closing. Here are three areas of narrative practice that support collaboration between groups coming together with the aim of reducing systems of authoritarianism and strengthening democratic values: 1) Legitimacy—how narratives regulate and determine the nature of interactions between people, 2) Power—the dynamics of relations and decision-making in the narrative landscape, 3) Complexity—the capacity of any narrative to evolve and change. The Narrative Engagement Across Difference Project (NEAD) was designed by a consortium of organizers, academics, and philanthropists to take a deep look at narrative practices from a multidisciplinary lens and to reflect on how we can better unlock more effective collective action within diverse, broad-based movements.

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Voters overwhelmingly want to make it easier to build new power lines in the United States, but are not as enthusiastic about new fossil fuel projects. 72% of Americans support reducing the amount of time it takes to approve new interstate power lines, including 74% of Democrats and 74% of Republicans. 75% support new power lines, versus just 55% who support new fossil fuel projects.