According to the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication:
Millions of registered voters would sign a pledge to vote for, would work for, or would give money to candidates who share their views on global warming – if asked to by a person they like and respect. This suggests that global warming could become a more prominent electoral issue if campaigns engage and mobilize this potential “issue public.”
A few more interesting details jumped out at us from this survey.
- "[M]ore than 10 million registered voters...would definitely sign a pledge [to vote only for candidates who share his or her views on global warming ] and more than 30 million who would probably sign one, for a total of about 41 million. "
- [A]n estimated 3 million registered voters...would definitely volunteer their time and about 23 million who would probably volunteer [time to elect a candidate because the candidate shares his or her views on global warming].
- [A]pproximately 3 million registered voters...would definitely donate money [to a candidate because the candidate shares his or her views on global warming] and about 21.5 million who would probably give.
This new polling reaffirms what we've seen time and again on this issue, including a June poll by Bloomberg, which found that by a nearly "two-to-one margin, 62 percent to 33 percent, Americans say they would pay more for energy if it would mean a reduction in pollution from carbon emissions." Also see the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication Spring 2014 report, which found that...
- "registered voters are 3 times more likely to vote against a candidate who opposes action to reduce global warming."
- “Two in three Americans (66%) support the Congress and president passing laws to increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy as a way to reduce America’s dependence on fossil fuels.”
- “A majority of Americans (62%) say the U.S. should reduce its greenhouse gas emissions regardless of what other countries do.”
The bottom line is that Americans are ready and willing to take action on reducing greenhouse gas pollution from fossil fuels, and also to switch to a clean energy economy. Now, we just need the politicians to listen to them.