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2. Global Warming and Clean Energy as Government Priorities

Jul 6, 2022 | All Categories

Politics & Global Warming, April 2022


2.1. Most Democrats think global warming should be a “high” or “very high” priority for the president and Congress.

Half of registered voters (50%) think global warming should be a high or very high priority for the president and Congress (see data tables). This includes a large majority of liberal Democrats (88%), about two in three moderate/conservative Democrats (68%), about half of Independents (49%; see data tables in the PDF version of the report, p. 45), and 38% of liberal/moderate Republicans. Relatively few conservative Republicans (12%) think so.

2.2. Most registered voters think developing sources of clean energy should be a “high” or “very high” priority for the president and Congress.

About six in ten registered voters (61%) think developing sources of clean energy should be a high or very high priority for the president and Congress (see data tables in the PDF version of the report, p. 45). This includes large majorities of liberal Democrats (91%) and moderate/conservative Democrats (77%), and most Independents (59%, see data tables) and liberal/moderate Republicans (55%), but only about one in four conservative Republicans (24%).


Citation

Leiserowitz, A., Maibach, E., Rosenthal, S., Kotcher, J., Carman, J., Neyens, L., Myers, T., Goldberg, M., Campbell, E., Lacroix, K., & Marlon, J. (2022). Politics & Global Warming, April 2022. Yale University and George Mason University. New Haven, CT: Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.