October 29, 2021
Climate Change, Oct 2021
NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist National Poll
Americans Don’t Think the World or the U.S. is Doing Enough About Climate Change
Majorities of Americans say the global community and the United States are doing too little to address climate change. Nearly six in ten (59%) say the world is doing “too little” and half (50%) say U.S. climate change policies “don’t go far enough.”
When it comes to the global community’s actions, most Democrats (84%) and a majority of independents (59%) say it’s too little. Republicans split nearly equally with 29% saying “too little,” 33% saying “too much,” and 30% saying the efforts are “about the right amount.”
While there is a similar partisan divide regarding how Americans think about U.S. policies designed to reduce the impact of climate change, there is uniformly a little less support for the position that these policies “don’t go far enough.”
More than three in four Democrats (78%) say American policies don’t go far enough, as do a plurality (49%) of independents. Just 22% of Republicans agree.
“Whether talking about the actions of the global community or current U.S. policies about climate change, there is a wide generational gap,” says Lee M. Miringoff, Director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion." Gen Z and Millennials are far more likely to believe the global community and the U.S. need to step up their efforts to deal with climate change."