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CNN Poll – Many Americans are worried about climate change

Climate Change Concerns

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Nearly two-thirds of US adults express worry about the threat of climate change in their communities, according to a CNN poll conducted by SSRS. The climate crisis manifests through extreme heat, devastating storms, and drought across the nation.

Calls for Government Action

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A significant majority, 73%, of US adults believe the federal government should develop climate policies aimed at cutting the country’s planet-warming pollution in half by the end of the decade, aligning with President Joe Biden’s goal.

Bipartisan Support

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Cutting US climate pollution garners bipartisan support. Almost all Democrats endorse the goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2030, along with 76% of independents and half of Republicans.

Climate Change and 2024 Election

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The 2024 election could feature a choice between President Biden, a climate action advocate, and former President Donald Trump, who has opposed many clean-energy policies. Americans’ views on climate change often align more with Democrats than Republicans.

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Biden’s Approval on Environmental Policy

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President Biden receives a 43% approval rating for his handling of environmental policy, higher than his overall approval rating and his ratings for handling the economy.

Prioritizing Climate Change

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While only 2% of Americans see climate change as the most important issue facing the country, climate change and clean energy are increasingly intertwined with the economy, impacting homeownership and insurance costs.

Responsibility to Reduce Climate Change

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Most US adults believe that humanity bears a great deal of responsibility to reduce climate change. However, they also think the US and Chinese governments and the energy industry are doing too little to address the issue.

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Personal Responsibility

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About 40% of Americans believe that people like them hold a great deal of responsibility to reduce climate change. However, 58% think they are personally doing the right amount to reduce their impact on the climate crisis.

Partisan Divide

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A partisan divide exists regarding climate change. Democrats are more likely to believe in humanity’s responsibility to fight climate change, express greater concern about its impact, and support government action compared to Republicans.

Extreme Weather

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Over 4 in 10 Americans claim to have experienced extreme weather in the past year, with most attributing it to climate change. Recent years have witnessed climate-fueled extreme heat, drought, and flash flooding.

Poll Methodology

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The CNN poll was conducted by SSRS from November 1-30 among a random national sample of 1,795 adults through various methods, with a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

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DeSantis Fulfills Pledge to Visit Every County in Iowa

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