Public Support for Climate & Energy Policies in March 2012

Report Summary


Majorities of Americans say that global warming and clean energy should be among the nation’s priorities, want more action by elected officials, corporations, and citizens themselves, and support a variety of climate change and energy policies, including holding fossil fuel companies responsible for all the “hidden costs” of their products. A majority also say they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports a “revenue neutral” tax shift from income taxes to fossil fuels, and that global warming will be one of the issues that determines their vote for President this fall.

Public Support for Climate and Energy Policies in March 2012 reports results from a nationally representative survey of 1,008 American adults, aged 18 and older, fielded March 12 through March 30, 2012, using the online research panel of Knowledge Networks. The report includes measures of public priorities for global warming and clean energy, desired action from elected officials, corporations, and citizens, support and opposition to climate and energy policies, and voting intentions. The report also includes a breakdown of responses among registered voters by political party.