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2. Global Warming and Clean Energy as Government Priorities

2.1. More than half of registered voters think global warming should be a “high” or “very high” priority for the president and Congress.

More than half of registered voters (56%) think global warming should be a high or very high priority for the president and Congress (refer to data tables, p. 43). This includes large majorities of liberal Democrats (89%) and moderate/conservative Democrats (85%; the highest level for this group on this question since these surveys began in 2008), and four in ten liberal/moderate Republicans (40%). Few conservative Republicans (11%) think so.

This line graph shows the percentage of registered voters over time since 2008, broken down by political party and ideology, who think global warming should be a “high” or “very high” priority for the president and Congress. More than half of registered voters think global warming should be a “high” or “very high” priority for the president and Congress. Data: Climate Change in the American Mind, Fall 2023. Refer to the data tables in Appendix 1 of the report for all percentages.

2.2. Most registered voters think developing sources of clean energy should be a “high” or “very high” priority for the president and Congress.

More than six in ten registered voters (64%) think developing sources of clean energy should be a high or very high priority for the president and Congress (refer to data tables, p. 43). This includes large majorities of liberal Democrats (93%) and moderate/conservative Democrats (93%; the highest level for this group on this question since these surveys began in 2008), half of liberal/moderate Republicans (50%), but only 25% of conservative Republicans.

This line graph shows the percentage of registered voters over time since 2010, broken down by political party and ideology, who think developing sources of clean energy should be a “high” or “very high” priority for the president and Congress. Most registered voters think developing sources of clean energy should be a “high” or “very high” priority for the president and Congress. Data: Climate Change in the American Mind, Fall 2023. Refer to the data tables in Appendix 1 of the report for all percentages.