Politics & Global Warming, May 2017

This report looks at findings from the latest survey by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication on how registered voters view collective action and climate policies. 



This survey found that across all party lines (Democrats, Independents, and Republicans) a large majority of all registered voters think citizens, corporations, and members of Congress should do more to address climate change.



  • 2 in 3 registered voters have never been contacted by an organization working to reduce global warming.
  • 70% of all registered voters (88% of Democrats, 68% of Independents, and 48% of Republicans) want a “revenue neutral carbon tax” –  requiring fossil fuel companies to pay carbon tax and using the money to reduce other taxes by an equal amount.
  • 68% of registered voters think global warming should be a high priority for the President and Congress.
  • 7 out of 10 registered voters think global warming is happening, including 97% of liberal Democrats and 42% of conservative Republicans.
  • 56% of registered voters think that global warming is caused by human activities.
  • 1 in 5 registered voters think people can affect what the government does about global warming.


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