Poll: Americans Will Vote for Climate Conscious Candidates

July 1, 2014


If you follow Anthony Leiserowitz’ work tracking public opinion on climate change, you’ll be well served.

These are the numbers that have emboldened the President to keep zinging deniers with ridicule.

Anthony Leiserowitz for the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication:

Today, we are releasing a special report on The Politics of Global Warming, based on our spring 2014 nationally representative survey. We find that registered voters are 2.5 times more likely to vote for a congressional or presidential candidate who supports action to reduce global warming. Further, registered voters are 3 times more likely to vote against a candidate who opposes action to reduce global warming.

Many Americans are also willing to act politically:

  • 26% are willing to join or are currently participating in a campaign to convince elected officials to take action to reduce global warming;
  • 37% are willing to sign a pledge to vote only for political candidates that share their views on global warming;
  • 13% are willing to personally engage in non-violent civil disobedience against corporate or government activities that make global warming worse.

The study also finds that while Democrats are more convinced that human-caused global warming is happening and more supportive of climate and energy policies than Republicans, there are deep divisions within the Republican Party. In many respects, liberal/moderate Republicans – about a third of the Republican party – are relatively similar to moderate/conservative Democrats, while conservative Republicans often express views about global warming that are distinctly different than the rest of the American public.

For example, among registered voters:

  • 88% of Democrats, 59% of Independents and 61% of liberal/moderate Republicans think global warming is happening, compared to only 28% of conservative Republicans;
  • 81% of Democrats and 51% of liberal/moderate Republicans are worried about global warming, compared to only 19% of conservative Republicans;
  • 82% of Democrats and 65% of liberal/moderate Republicans support strict carbon dioxide emission limits on existing coal-fired power plants to reduce global warming and improve public health, compared to only 31% of conservative Republicans.

The report includes an executive summary and many more interesting findings about how Democrats, Republicans and Independents think about global warming, what policies they support or oppose, and the different types of political activism they are willing to engage in. It can be downloaded here: Politics & Global Warming, Spring 2014.


6 Responses to “Poll: Americans Will Vote for Climate Conscious Candidates”

  1. Andy Lee Robinson Says:

    The Republicans have dug themselves into a hole so deep they could mine Australia’s coal from under their noses.
    After all their pigheaded recklessness, I just cannot see how they can backtrack and grovel to the electorate with a straight face.
    They deserve to be resoundingly trounced in the elections.

    • Its hard to imagine how this could not come back to haunt them. Its time that Democrats start jumping on them for their backwardness and obstruction. If the electorate is ahead of them, they need to be trounced. I don’t get al this talk about Republicans taking the Senate. It smells like the last election where they thought they won the presidency. Look how that turned out. We seem to be getting more and more of a disconnect there. I would love to see a repeat of the scenario where the more tea party wins primaries, the more repubs lose seats. Some of the non tea party repubs deserve to lose their seats, too.

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