Politics & Global Warming, September 2021
3.1. About half of registered voters think policies that promote clean energy will improve economic growth and create jobs.
About half of registered voters (52%) think policies that promote clean energy will improve economic growth and create jobs, while about three in ten (31%) think it will have the opposite effect, reducing growth and costing jobs, and 16% think it will have no impact either way.1
Opinion is sharply divided along political lines – large majorities of liberal Democrats (85%) and moderate/conservative Democrats (69%) think clean energy policies will have a positive impact on the economy and jobs, while 39% of liberal/moderate Republicans and 71% of conservative Republicans think they will have a negative impact.
3.2. Most registered voters think the clean energy industry will create more good jobs than the fossil fuel industry.
More than six in ten registered voters (64%) think increasing production of clean energy in the U.S. will produce more new jobs than will increasing fossil fuel production, while about one in three (35%) think the opposite (that increasing fossil fuel production will create more jobs than will increasing clean energy production).2
Large majorities of liberal Democrats (94%) and moderate/conservative Democrats (83%), and about half of liberal/moderate Republicans (52%) think clean energy production will produce more good jobs. In contrast, about three in four conservative Republicans (77%) think increasing fossil fuel production will create more good U.S. jobs.
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Leiserowitz, A., Maibach, E., Rosenthal, S., Kotcher, J., Carman, J., Neyens, L., Goldberg, M., Lacroix, K., & Marlon, J. (2021). Politics & Global Warming, September 2021. Yale University and George Mason University. New Haven, CT: Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.
The research was funded by the 11th Hour Project, the Energy Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Grantham Foundation.