Climate change by the numbers

Source: BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico • Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

BY THE NUMBERS: Climate change does not rank among Americans’ top domestic priorities for the president and Congress, despite the rising focus on the issue on the Hill and on the presidential campaign trail, according to a new survey from POLITICO and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Fifty-two percent of respondents said major increases in federal spending and regulation to reduce climate change were “extremely” or “very important” priorities, ranking the issue 11th out of the 22 priorities in the survey. Health care issues, education, hate crimes, and improving equality in the tax code all beat climate change as more important to the electorate.

Democrats (68 percent) were more than twice as likely as Republicans (30 percent) to see increases in federal spending and regulation to reduce climate change as an extremely or very important priority, according to the poll. But even among Democrats, it was tied for the eighth-highest priority.