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.

BY Isabelle Weeks

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I am a staff writer for DC Statesman and like to report on current events happening in the Trump administration as well as the political world.

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  • TrueAmerican781

    Climate change is not real and just a made up problem the left is using to gain power and control the people. Is the climate changing, maybe, however it has not changed in the last 15 years. Plus the data only goes back a couple hundred years, how do we know that if the Earth does warm or cool is not a normal phenomenon. The Earth is always changing, we’ve haf Ice ages, we’ve had warming periods, and we’ve had cooling periods. The amount of “blame” that humans might have is extremely minimal and insignificant.

  • Barry McMiles

    This headline could be extremely misleading. A lot depends on who took the poll, how the question was worded and the demographics of the poll. Polls can be skewed to get the answer you want, so it could just rest on one persons convictions.
    To me this is just more liberal propaganda from the machine.

  • Keith

    How can people be so stupid? It’s called weather!

  • Big Ed

    Climate Change-the hoax that won’t go away. Lie after lie has been told in an effort to show that humans are responsible for climate change. In 2015 a meeting was held in Paris to discuss climate change and man’s culpability in the warming. Obama pushed his scientists at NOAA to publish a story proving warming is caused by man. One of the authors of that report, Dr. John Bates, said at the time the report was published that the lead scientist, Dr. Thomas Karl, manipulated the data in an effort to show warming was happening on a continuous basis and that AGW was real. When the science is real, the data don’t have to be manipulated. The Paris Climate Accords were based upon a fallacious report (report used faux data) from our government. It’s just terrible, because the leftists want so badly to give away to other countries a trillion dollars over the next ten years and the damned president won’t let it happen. Maybe he should be impeached.

    • MSG Leo

      Climate change is real, it happens four times a year, spring, summer, winter, and fall. It’s the left’s intermingling of climate change with global warming that’s the real hoax. Since they couldn’t prove global warming, they changed it to climate change which is totally different.

      • Big Ed

        Exactly!