According to a new poll, a large amount of Democrats and Republicans want the federal government to play a bigger role in combating climate change, reports Study Finds. But half of the respondents said they wouldn’t even be willing to spend $1 a month to help the environment.
According to a survey conducted by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 61 percent of all Americans believe that climate change is an issue that needs to be addressed more.
When broken down by party affiliation, 43 percent of Republicans and 80 percent of Democrats expressed a concern in dealing with climate change, but these figures increase when only taking into account those who actually believe in climate change.
Virtually all Democrats and 70 percent of Republicans who believe in the existence of climate change think that American politicians need to take further and direct action. In terms of policy, most Americans support the standards set out by the Paris Climate Accord, while a plurality do not support a repeal of the Clean Power Plan, which the Trump administration is reviewing.
“‘Despite the urgency from both sides, ideology and belief in climate change science were the biggest two determinants of support for policies addressing global warming, beating out variables such as education, income, and location,’ reports Study Finds.”
When it comes to events such as the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipeline, that started widespread protests all over the country from the left, a plurality of those polled felt unqualified to weigh in on fracking.
This study also found, that even though these people may say they want more action taken to climate change issues, half of the respondents said they wouldn’t even pay $1 a month to reduce emissions. About 18 percent would be willing to spend at least $100 a month.
Michael Greenstone, a researcher said that on average, Americans would be willing to add $30 to their utility bill to slow climate change, which could potentially play a substantial role in reducing climate change impact.
“These results put the polarized climate debate in sharp relief, but also point to the possibility of a path forward,” says Greenstone in a press release.