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Climate Change in the American Mind: Politics & Policy, Spring 2023


4. Who Should Take Action to Address Global Warming?

4.1. Majorities of registered voters want corporations and industry, citizens, and government to do more to address global warming.

A large majority of registered voters say corporations and industry should do either “much more” or “more” to address global warming (70% of registered voters, including 93% of liberal Democrats, 78% of moderate/conservative Democrats, 65% of liberal/moderate Republicans, and 38% of conservative Republicans).

Half or more of registered voters, including majorities of both liberal and moderate/conservative Democrats, say the U.S. Congress (63%), the Republican Party (62%), citizens themselves (61%), their local government officials (57%), their governor (56%), the media (55%), the Democratic Party (55%), and President Biden (54%) should do more to address global warming. About half (47%) say they themselves should do more.

About half of liberal/moderate Republicans (48%) say their party (the Republican Party) should do more to address global warming, while only 22% of conservative Republicans say so. Majorities of both liberal Democrats (83%) and moderate/conservative Democrats (62%) say their party (the Democratic Party) should do more.

This dot plot shows the percentage of registered voters, broken down by political party and ideology, who think people, including themselves, should be doing "more" or "much more" to address global warming. Majorities of registered voters want corporations and industry, citizens, and government to do more to address global warming. Data: Climate Change in the American Mind, Spring 2023. Refer to the data tables in Appendix 1 of the report for all percentages.

 

4.2. Across the political spectrum, few registered voters think the U.S. government is responding well to global warming.

Few registered voters agree that the U.S. government is responding well to the issue of global warming (11%). This is true across the political spectrum: Only 16% of liberal Democrats, 14% of moderate/conservative Democrats, 6% of liberal/moderate Republicans, and 9% of conservative Republicans agree.

This dot plot shows the percentage of registered voters, broken down by political party and ideology, who "strongly" or "somewhat" agree that the U.S. government is responding well to the issue of global warming. Across the political spectrum, few registered voters think the U.S. government is responding well to global warming. Data: Climate Change in the American Mind, Spring 2023. Refer to the data tables in Appendix 1 of the report for all percentages.