We’re long-standing fans of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, as they are highly knowledgeable of the clean economy, and frequently have interesting, thought-provoking things to say about it. They also conduct research surveys of public attitudes towards climate change and the clean economy, including their latest survey, entitled “Climate Change in the American Mind: The Potential Impact of Global Warming on the 2012 Presidential Election.” Here are a few highlights.
- There is overwhelming support among “Likely Obama voters” (85% support), “Undecided” voters (83% support), and “Likely Romney voters” (73% support) that “in the future, [the] US should use more renewable energy sources.”
- There is majority support among “Likely Obama voters’ (65% support) and “Undecided” voters (55% support) that, “in the future, [the] US should use less fossil fuels.”
- On global warming, 80% of “undecided likely voters” say it’s happening, compared to just 3% who say it isn’t. Also, 65% of “Undecideds” believe that “if global warming is happening, it is mostly human caused.”
- Finally, “Undecideds as well as likely Obama voters say that President Obama (64% and 61% respectively) and Congress (72% and 78%) should be “doing more” about global warming.“
An important takeaway from this survey is that Americans, no matter what they’re political persuasions happen to be, overwhelmingly want to use more clean energy moving forward. That’s the case whether they are favorably inclined towards fossil fuels, and also whether or not they find global warming to be a pressing concern. The point is, Americans like clean energy and want more of it. The question, as always, is whether politicians are listening to the people, or whether they’re more swayed by money and pressure from dirty energy industries?