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Environmental Polling Roundup - November 12th, 2021

David Gold, Environmental Polling Consortium
Research & Articles
11-12-2021

This post includes a roundup of climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from this week’s public polls - including new polling on the Build Back Better plan, its key provisions, and its personal impacts.

HEADLINES

  • POLITICO + Morning Consult - Climate change and the environment remain the two issues where Democrats in Congress are trusted most over Republicans in Congress; passing a climate bill is equally or more important to Democratic voters than any other priority besides coronavirus recovery (ToplineCrosstabs)
  • Navigator - Voters continue to widely support the Build Back Better plan after learning basic information about it; while health insurance provisions remain the most popular elements of the plan, over two-thirds see investment in clean energy jobs as a good reason to pass the legislation (ReleaseDeck)
  • Monmouth University - Six in ten Americans support significant investment in climate action as part of the Build Back Better framework (Release including topline and crosstabs)
  • Suffolk University + USA Today - Most voters still don’t see how the reconciliation bill will help their own family (ToplineCrosstabs

Resources for working with climate emotions

All We Can Save, Gen Dread
Research & Articles
11-09-2021

There are numerous resources for those seeking to better understand climate emotions and those feeling depressed, anxious, or overwhelmed by the climate crisis. Eco-distress is a normal and reasonable feeling in response to the social, environmental, and economic impacts of climate change.              


Environmental Polling Roundup - November 5th, 2021

David Gold, Environmental Polling Consortium
Research & Articles
11-05-2021

This post includes a roundup of climate + environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from this week’s public polls - including fresh polling on the new Build Back Better framework and its core climate and energy provisions + analysis of climate polling trends throughout the year + new polling on attitudes about climate and clean energy among Latino voters in battleground states and districts.

HEADLINES

  • Morning Consult - 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 (Article)
  • POLITICO + Morning Consult - Major provisions of the Build Back Better framework, including investments in clean energy and climate, remain popular; when forced to choose which policies they most want to keep in the bill, voters gravitate toward health care provisions (ArticleToplineCrosstabs)
  • Navigator - Top-testing arguments for the Build Back Better plan focus on supporting workers, lowering everyday costs, and creating a better future for the next generation; regular voters still know very little about the bill (ReleaseDeckTopline)
  • Data for Progress + Invest in America - Support for the new Build Back Better framework is high, including two-to-one support for investing in clean energy, resiliency, and conservation (ReleaseTopline)
  • Data for Progress + Groundwork Collaborative + SEAP - Two-thirds of voters in southern states are concerned about climate change and southern voters widely agree that extreme weather events are on the rise in their communities (MemoCrosstabs)
  • Climate Power + BSP Research - Latino voters in battleground states and districts overwhelmingly support the Build Back Better plan’s climate and clean energy provisions (ToplineCrosstabsAZ ReleaseCO ReleaseFL ReleaseNV ReleaseCA Battleground Districts ReleaseTX Battleground Districts Release)

Polling Insights: Care & Climate Narratives

Climate Advocacy Lab, Feminist Green New Deal Coalition
Research & Articles
10-26-2021

The Feminist Green New Deal Coalition released a report with Data for Progress that finds there is a strong shared belief that care should be central to climate, workforce, and infrastructure policies. In the midst of intersecting economic crises, climate crises, and the ongoing infrastructure fights, these findings reiterate that people want bold economic investments that center care for people and the planet.

Planning for a future that centers well-being for people and the planet requires an understanding of the intersectionality of the ongoing crises of care and climate, the ways in which policy can deliver intersectional solutions, and the narratives that help and hurt this cause. Join the Climate Advocacy Lab with Tamara Toles O'Laughlin (EGA), Kahea Pacheco (Women's Earth Alliance), Amanda Novello (Data for Progress), and Mara Dolan (WEDO) for a deep dive into the report's findings as well as relevant takeaways for climate advocates and their work.


Environmental Polling Roundup - October 22nd, 2021

David Gold, Environmental Polling Consortium
Research & Articles
10-22-2021

This post includes a roundup of climate + environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from this week’s public polls - including new polling on the Build Back Better plan, a new report on politics and global warming perceptions from Yale and George Mason, new polls about extreme weather and methane rules, and a summary deck of key messaging and insights from recent climate and clean energy polling.

HEADLINES

  • Navigator - Fairer taxes, lower prescription drug prices, and expanded Medicare coverage are key rationales for voters to support the Build Back Better plan; most also believe that the bill’s clean energy policies will help people like them (ReleaseDeckTopline)
  • Vox/Data for Progress - Voters continue to support the Build Back Better plan by a two-to-one margin after a brief explanation; majorities also support the CEPP and resist arguments to cut clean energy performance goals from the bill (ArticleTopline)
  • Yale Program on Climate Change Communication & George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication - Global warming has risen as a priority throughout the electorate since the beginning of the year; specific policies to boost renewables, incentivize energy efficiency, and conserve lands and waters have cross-partisan support (ArticleReport)
  • Pew - Two-thirds of Americans perceive a rise in extreme weather; nearly half recall extreme weather in their own area over the past 12 months (ArticleTopline)
  • Environmental Defense Action Fund - New rules to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry have broad public backing, and communicating about new jobs in methane mitigation can enhance support (Memo)
  • Global Strategy Group - Top messages in favor of climate action and clean energy focus on health, future generations, and rebuilding an economy that works for all Americans (Deck)

Research & Articles
10-21-2021

This deck from polling firm Global Strategy Group compiles recent public opinion findings on climate and clean energy issues, including the top-testing messaging and language to proactively talk about climate and health, economic impacts, and environmental justice as well as guidance on how to respond to attacks.

(This deck was collected by the Environmental Polling Consortium. If you would like to learn more about the EPC and receive weekly polling insights, please contact epc@partnershipproject.org)


Environmental Polling Roundup - October 15th, 2021

David Gold, Environmental Polling Consortium
Research & Articles
10-15-2021

This post includes a roundup of climate + environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from this week’s public polls - including new polling on the renewable energy transition, individual policies and trade-offs in the Build Back Better budget, and some stark data points highlighting the need for voter education on what’s in the budget.

HEADLINES

  • Climate Nexus + Yale Program on Climate Change Communication + George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication - Voters widely want the U.S. to transition to renewable energy and see it as an economic plus, but there is still work to do to convince the public of renewables’ reliability and cost effectiveness; public understanding of methane pollution is very low (ReleaseTopline)
  • CNN/SRSS - A plurality of Americans want the full Build Back Better package passed without cuts, but few see how the legislation would help their own family (ArticleTopline)
  • CBS/YouGov - Americans are hearing more about the Build Back Better budget’s $3.5 trillion topline spending figure and tax increases than any of its substantive benefits (Topline)
  • Yahoo/YouGov - Clean water is the single most popular component of the Build Back Better budget; lowering the plan’s price tag does virtually nothing to persuade the plan’s opponents to change their minds (ToplineCrosstabs)
  • POLITICO/Morning Consult - Climate change and the environment are the two issues on which voters are most likely to trust Democrats in Congress over Republicans in Congress; voters are divided on offshore drilling bans (ToplineCrosstabs)
  • Climate Action Campaign + Environment America - The Build Back Better plan has majority support in key congressional swing districts; ‘polluters pay’ laws and renewable energy investments are especially popular (GA-07 ReleaseGA-07 MemoVA-07 ReleaseVA-07 Memo)

POLL: Voters Support Clean Energy Infrastructure

Climate Nexus, Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication
Research & Articles
10-12-2021

Make the connection between methane emissions and climate change. This poll finds that while a majority of voters support stricter regulations on methane, only 44 percent think that methane is polluting and 77 percent have a favorable opinion of natural gas, a major source of methane emissions. The poll also reports majority support for clean energy infrastructure investments, with more than two-thirds of voters in favor of raising taxes on the wealthy to pay for them.             


Research & Articles
10-12-2021

A collection of interviews, articles, short essays and art - a zine made by youth and community organizers in the Greater Southwest.


Environmental Polling Roundup - October 1st, 2021

David Gold, Environmental Polling Consortium
Research & Articles
10-01-2021

This post includes a roundup of climate + environment headlines from this week’s public polls, good data points to highlight, and a full roundup with key takeaways from each poll - including timely new polling on the Build Back Better plan and its climate provisions nationally and in key battlegrounds, as well as new polling about the most trusted messengers on climate change.

HEADLINES

  • Navigator - Three in five Americans support the full $3.5 trillion Build Back Better plan, with or without explicit pay-fors (Report)
  • Sierra Club - Arizona voters widely support the full $3.5 trillion Build Back Better plan and overwhelmingly oppose proposed cuts; majorities believe climate change is already affecting the state and want to see Arizona become a clean energy leader (ReleaseMemoTopline)
  • Climate Power + Data for Progress - Voters in frontline Democratic-held districts widely support the full $3.5 trillion Build Back Better plan (ReleaseAZ-01 ToplineFL-07 ToplineGA-07 ToplineIA-03 ToplineME-02 ToplineMI-08 ToplineNJ-05 ToplineNY-04 Topline)
  • NRDC Action Fund - Climate action is an important motivator for low-propensity Democrats and independents in the 2022 midterm elections (Release)
  • Data for Progress - Majorities continue to support the major climate-related aspects of the Build Back Better plan, with energy efficiency and clean energy provisions especially popular (ReleaseTopline)
  • Data for Progress - Voters nationwide support the Clean Electricity Performance Program to incentivize clean energy goals for utilities; supporters have winning arguments to use against pushback (Release)
  • Morning Consult - Scientists are the most trusted sources of information about climate change across party lines; most Americans believe that climate change is already affecting the environment and weather where they live (ArticleCrosstabs)
  • Yale Program on Climate Change Communication + George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication - Public concern about climate change is rising, and support for federal climate action is rising along with it (Article on climate beliefs and concernsArticle on support for climate action)