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New Poll: U.S. Public Overwhelmingly Wants to Move Off of Fossil Fuels, Towards Clean Energy

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Check out the latest polling by Stanford University, which demonstrates that, in spite of the untold millions the fossil fuel industry has spent on its propaganda, the U.S. public overwhelmingly wants to move off of fossil fuels and into clean energy. A few key findings include:

  • 78% of U.S. adults believe global warming is very (44%) or somewhat (34%) serious. Just 10% say it's "not serious at all."
  • 83% of U.S. adults say that if nothing is done to reduce global warming, it will be a "very serious" problem (57%) or "somewhat serious" problem (26%). Just 9% say it won't be a serious problem at all.
  • Overwhelming majorities of Democrats and Independents see global warming as a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem, as does a majority (54%) of Republicans.
  • Only 30% of U.S. adults give the incorrect response that dealing with global warming would hurt the U.S. economy, while 42% give the correct response, which is that dealing with global warming by measures like switching from dirty to clean energy will actually help the economy.
  • By a 66%-12% margin, U.S. adults agree: "Now is the time for us to be using new forms of energy that are made in America and will be renewable forever. We can manufacture better cars that use less gasoline and build better appliances that use less electricity. We need to transform the outdated ways of generating energy into new ones that create jobs and entire industries, and stop the damage we’ve been doing to the environment.”
  • The overwhelming support for a transition from fossil fuels to clean energy is seen across party lines, with Democrats by an 81%-15% margin, Independents by a 66%-12% margin, and Republicans by a 48%-24% margin all saying they'd be more likely to vote for candidates who wants to move from dirty to clean energy.

Topics: Public Affairs