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Environmental Polling Roundup - March 8th, 2024

David Gold, Environmental Polling Consortium
Research & Articles
03-08-2024

This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including new polling on climate change as an issue in the presidential election, new polling on the Inflation Reduction Act, and new polling on EPA standards for particle pollution and vehicle emissions.

 

HEADLINES

Climate Power

Climate and the environment rank among President Biden’s largest issue advantages over Trump. 76% of voters support protecting the environment and addressing climate change, including 47% who “strongly” support it. 75% of voters support investing in clean energy technologies, including 43% who “strongly” support it.

Research & Articles
03-05-2024

Voters continue to support the Inflation Reduction Act by a wide margin after learning about it. Voters support the Inflation Reduction Act by a nearly three-to-one margin (68% support / 24% oppose) after reading a brief, one-sentence description of it. And while voters consistently say that they support the IRA, it would be a mistake to assume that they know much about it: polling has consistently found that awareness of the law lags far behind support for it.

Voters overwhelmingly support stronger EPA standards for particle pollution and heavy-duty vehicle emissions. 78% of voters support the EPA setting stricter limits on fine particles, also called “soot,” that power plants, oil refineries, and other industrial facilities can release. 82% of voters support the EPA setting stricter limits on mercury and other toxic air emissions from power plants. 78% of voters support the EPA setting stricter limits on smog from power plants, oil refineries, and other industrial facilities.

Environmental Polling Roundup - March 1st, 2024

David Gold, Environmental Polling Consortium
Research & Articles
03-01-2024

This post includes climate and environment headlines, data points, and key takeaways from recent public polls - including new polling on polluter accountability, new message testing about pausing liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects, and newly released state-level polling on carbon dioxide removal (CDR).

 

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Poll: Voters Strongly Support Key Policies That Would Deter Oil and Gas Companies From Illegally Polluting

Tenneth Fairclough II, Catherine Fraser, and Grace Adcox. Data for Progress
Research & Articles
02-28-2024

Voters overwhelmingly want stronger accountability for polluters, including compensation for damages to the environment and local communities. Most disapprove of the court decision to block an investigation of environmental injustices in Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley”.

Research & Articles
02-27-2024

Voters widely support carbon dioxide removal (CDR) projects in key states where they are being considered, and see improved air quality as the clearest benefit of these projects. While voters aren’t very familiar with CDR, they are inclined to feel positively about the technology. In Wyoming, for example, NWF and Data for Progress find that 57% of voters feel favorably about “carbon dioxide removal technologies” when the term is first introduced in the survey while only 16% have unfavorable attitudes about the term.

How should we talk to kids about climate change? The world is beautiful, but the world is changing—and you can play a part in the change. Mary Annaïse Heglar's first book is out today, and it's a children's book about climate change. It's the first of three climate books Mary has coming out in the near future (the other two are a novel, called Troubled Waters, and an essay collection of Black writers on climate). She has been busy writing up a storm since we wrapped up Hot Take (and we've roped her into editing stories for Drilled, too).

Research & Articles
02-23-2024

In communications about President Biden’s pause on liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects, voters are most swayed by messaging about health. The most effective and convincing way to talk about this pause is in the context of the pollution risk methane gas facilities pose and the health consequences from them. While other frames are still useful, the pollution-focused message was chosen overall and by virtually all subgroups as the best message on the topic.