Polling Demonstrates Strong Support for State and Federal Government Action on Climate and Energy Policies

A national survey from Georgetown University explores U.S. climate change beliefs and public opinion on climate and clean energy policy.


A large majority of Americans support EPA action to reduce emissions from new and existing power plants.


EPA action

87% of Americans say they want the EPA to move forward with action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and large industries (including support from 78% of Republicans and 94% of Democrats).

Issue understanding

75% of Americans believe there is solid evidence that the average temperature has been getting warmer in recent decades (including 88% of Democrats and 61% of Republicans).

Belief in climate change is consistent across a broad range of demographic groups.

Energy priorities

94% of Americans believe addressing energy issues should be an important priority for the country.

92% believe the federal government should play an active role in addressing our energy challenge.

64% of Americans support the federal government “setting a goal to reduce oil usage by 50 percent to be less dependent on foreign oil and to encourage investment in alternative energy technology.”

Photo via (cc) Flickr user ribarnica

Date: 2013
Organization: GfK Custom Research
Strategic Approach: Audiences, Other
Organization: GfK Custom Research
Strategic Approach: Audiences, Other

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