Climate Change in the American Mind: Politics & Policy, December 2022
1.1. Many 2022 voters say global warming was an important issue in deciding how they would vote.
A total of 45% of registered voters who voted in the 2022 election1 say global warming was either “the single most important issue” (2%) or “one of several important issues” (43%) to them when they decided how they would vote. This includes 77% of liberal Democrats (4% “most important issue,” 74% “one of several important issues”) and 64% of moderate/conservative Democrats (3% most important, 61% one of several).
In contrast, no Republicans said global warming was “the single most important issue” to them when they decided how they would vote, while some Republicans (26% of liberal/moderate Republicans and 11% of conservative Republicans) said global warming was “one of several important issues” in their voting decision.
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Report Summary / Reading Notes
1. Global Warming as a Voting Issue
2. Global Warming and Clean Energy as Government Priorities
3. Support for Policies to Reduce the Pollution that Causes Global Warming
4. Special Section: The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)
5. Who Should Take Action to Address Global Warming?
6. Political Actions to Limit Global Warming
8. Educating Students About Global Warming
CitationLeiserowitz, A., Maibach, E., Rosenthal, S., Kotcher, J., Carman, J., Lee, S., Verner, M., Ballew, M., Ansah, P., Badullovich, N., Myers, T., Goldberg, M., & Marlon, J. (2023). Climate Change in the American Mind: Politics & Policy, December 2022. Yale University and George Mason University. New Haven, CT: Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.
Funding SourceThe research was funded by the 11th Hour Project, the Energy Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Heising-Simons Foundation, and the Grantham Foundation.