How support for climate policy breaks down in the states

Source: By Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner • Posted: Monday, October 26, 2020

Majorities in every state (except a few where data wasn’t available) acknowledge climate change and humans’ role in it and want the U.S. government to do more to curb warming, according to new polling released today by Resources for the Future and Stanford University.

For example, at least 60% of people in each state surveyed say they believe future warming will occur, and at least 70% of people in each state say warming has been caused by human activity. States in the South and some in the Midwest and West have the greatest levels of skepticism about human contribution to climate change, according to the polling.

In addition, at least 50% of people in the states surveyed want the U.S. government to do more to address climate change. Support for more government action is highest in Northeastern states, but majorities in every state back limits on companies’ greenhouse gas emissions. Majorities in every state also support tax incentives for renewable energy and cleaner coal technologies, but nuclear energy is far less popular. Only in Idaho did more than 50% of people support tax breaks for nuclear, according to the survey.