Will Johnson, CEO of the Harris Poll: "I was personally surprised and discouraged to discover that our devotion to the world around us is flagging...In a survey we at the Harris Poll conducted last December, American adults said climate change was the number one issue facing society. Today, it comes in second to last on a list of a dozen options, ahead of only overpopulation. Among Gen X men, in fact, more than third dismiss climate change as unimportant."
"Additionally, we asked about policies the government could adopt to fight global warming or help the environment generally. There was majority support for only one of nine initiatives, with 51% endorsing tax credits or rebates for greater energy efficiency in buildings. Moreover, 13% of all respondents say the government should do nothing to improve the environment, a stance that rises to nearly one in five of all survey takers in the South."
"Maybe when we’re feeling safer and more prosperous, we’ll care more about the fate of our planet. For now, though, global warming isn’t the rallying cause it was only a few months ago." ... "There are some bright spots for the environmental cause...Air travel won’t be coming back to pre-pandemic levels, our survey shows."
Marc Morano responds: “The climate activists are still in shock over how their issue has collapsed as a concern among the public,” said Climate Depot’s Marc Morano in an email. “The environmental left is now striving to figure out how to piggyback the climate issues onto COVID in order to stay relevant.”
Morano: “The climate activists are still in shock over how their issue has collapsed as a concern among the public,” said Climate Depot’s Marc Morano in an email. “The environmental left is now striving to figure out how to piggyback the climate issues onto COVID in order to stay relevant.”
A Harris Poll survey conducted for Fortune found that climate change has dropped since December from first to second-to-last on a list of a dozen issues facing society, according to Harris CEO Will Johnson, who added he was “personally surprised and discouraged to discover that our devotion to the world around us is flagging.” “Among Gen X men, in fact, more than third dismiss climate change as unimportant,” said Mr. Johnson in a Monday post. “COVID-19 and the recession have, of course, reordered priorities around the world. Still, the coronavirus didn’t elbow aside other issues as muscularly as it did climate change.” ... “13% of all respondents say the government should do nothing to improve the environment, a stance that rises to nearly one in five of all survey takers in the South,” said Mr. Johnson.
Meanwhile, a Gallup poll taken July 1-23 found climate change ranked last on a list of 16 non-economic issues, with “coronavirus/diseases” ranking first and “the government/poor leadership” coming in second, while crime and the judicial system rose in importance. Only 1% of 1,007 U.S. adults surveyed ranked “climate change/environment/pollution” as “the most important problem facing this country today,” down from 2% in the May 28-June 4 poll, according to the Gallup results released Aug. 5.
The Gallup poll, taken July 1-23, among U.S. 1,007 adults, asked respondents, “What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?” A plurality, or 30 percent, chose “coronavirus/diseases” as the most important problem, followed by “the government/poor leadership” (23 percent), race relations/racism (16 percent), “unifying the country” (six percent), and “crime/violence” (five percent).
Notably, “climate change/environment/pollution” — green issues central to the progressive agenda and embraced by Joe Biden — came at the very bottom of the list, garnering just one percent support. Elections/election reform, poverty/hunger/homelessness, national security, education, and immigration also garnered just one percent support each.
Over the last few months, Baumann has surveyed voters’ attitudes on climate change for environmental and Democratic political groups, including Climate Power 2020, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Center for American Progress. What he has found is climate change has “now become a real political weapon for Democrats," he told the Washington Examiner. In fact, polls are telling Democrats they can pick up voters by pressing hard on climate change and drawing a stark contrast with Trump. Some of those, such as independents in swing states and center-right women, are voters Trump desperately needs to keep.
"In total, 10 top GOP lawmakers are backing the group’s American Climate Contract, the coalition announced Monday. In addition to McCarthy, its backers include Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, the top Republican on the House Energy Committee, and Rep. Garret Graves of Louisiana, the top Republican on the House select climate panel." ...
"The ACC’s policy plan, released in April, calls for the United States to advance policies that “move toward a goal of global net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.” It lays out support for four policies: investing in energy innovation, modernizing infrastructure, supporting conservation measures that store carbon, and engaging globally to reduce emissions."