A new study from the Civil Society Institute reveals some interesting information about the electorate’s feelings about climate change.
An amazing summary of the study can be found here, but here are five findings that I found interesting.
1. Independents and Tea Partiers differ strongly on global warming. “Independents are more than twice as likely as Tea Party supporters (62 percent versus 27 percent) to see global warming as a problem in need of a solution, compared to 39 percent of Republicans and 82 percent of Democrats.”
2. Tea Party supporters see little need for American leadership on global warming. “Tea Party supporters are more than twice as likely as Independents (34 percent versus 15 percent) to see no need for leadership on global warming, compared to 29 percent of Republicans and 8 percent of Democrats.”
3. Tea Partiers and Independents differ on making “smart energy choices.” “Only 42 percent of Tea Party supporters, but 75 percent of Independents, agree with the following statement: "Smarter energy choices are the key to creating new jobs and a future that is healthy and safe because fossil fuels mean toxic wastes that are a threat to our health and safety.”
4. Half of Americans from across the political spectrum see the U.S. as weak on the energy independence issue. “Over half of Americans (68 percent) see the U.S. as weak or very weak on 'practical, problem-solving solutions’ and leadership in relation to ‘energy independence and dealing with climate change or global warming.’ This view is fairly consistent among Republicans, Democrats, Independents and Tea Party supporters.”
5. Most American believe a sound energy policy solves many of America’s problems. “Three out of four Americans — including 78 percent of Independents, but only 55 percent of Tea Party backers — agree with the following statement: ‘A sound energy policy is central to solving some of the most urgent problems facing our country. An energy policy that promotes clean power would encourage innovation, create new jobs and make for a stronger economy. It also allows the U.S. to disentangle itself from unstable and hostile regions of the world while also reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions.’”