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1. Global Warming as a Voting Issue

1.1. Most registered voters would prefer to vote for a candidate who supports action on global warming.

If given a choice, a majority of registered voters (57%) would prefer to vote for a candidate for public office who supports action on global warming, while only 16% would prefer to vote for a candidate who opposes action, and 26% say it doesn’t matter either way.

Nearly all liberal Democrats (95%), a large majority of moderate/conservative Democrats (86%; an increase of 10 percentage points since we last asked this question in April 2022), and about half of Independents (52%; refer to data tables, p. 43) would prefer to vote for a candidate who supports action on global warming, as would 46% of liberal/moderate Republicans. In contrast, only 13% of conservative Republicans would prefer to vote for a candidate who supports action on global warming (a decline of 10 percentage points since April 2022), while 44% of conservative Republicans would prefer to vote for a candidate who opposes action.

This bar chart shows the percentage of registered voters, broken down by political party and ideology, who would prefer to vote for a candidate who supports action on global warming. Most registered voters would prefer to vote for a candidate who supports action on global warming. Data: Climate Change in the American Mind, Fall 2023. Refer to the data tables in Appendix 1 of the report for all percentages.