Politics & Global Warming, April 2022
4.1. 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 three in ten (30%) think it will have the opposite effect, reducing growth and costing jobs, and 17% think it will have no impact either way.1
Opinion is sharply divided along political lines; large majorities of liberal Democrats (87%) and moderate/conservative Democrats (65%) think clean energy policies will have a positive impact on the economy and jobs, while liberal/moderate Republicans are about evenly split (41% think such policies will have a positive impact and 39% think they will have a negative impact), and two in three conservative Republicans (67%) think the policies will have a negative impact.
4.2. Most registered voters think the clean energy industry will create more good jobs than the fossil fuel industry.
More than half of registered voters (57%) think increasing production of clean energy in the U.S. will produce more new jobs than will increasing fossil fuel production, while 42% think the opposite (that increasing fossil fuel production will create more jobs than increasing clean energy production).2Large majorities of liberal Democrats (91%) and moderate/conservative Democrats (72%) think clean energy production will produce more good jobs. In contrast, 55% of liberal/moderate Republicans and a large majority of conservative Republicans (79%) 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., 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.