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- A NPR/PBS and NewsHour/Marist national poll finds that majorities of Americans think the U.S. and global community is doing too little to address climate change.
- There is a partisan divide over climate change policy as well as generational differences.
- Biden recently released the framework for a historic $555 billion climate change plan that could cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 to 52 percent in the US.
Half of Americans say the U.S. is doing too little to address climate change in a new survey, just as President Biden meets with world leaders in Glasgow, Scotland to discuss global efforts to address a warming climate.
A newly released NPR/CBS NewsHour/Marist national poll reveals how Americans feel about climate change policy. More than 1,200 adults over the age of 18 were surveyed from Oct. 18 through Oct. 22.
The survey revealed that 50 percent of Americans say the current US policies aimed at reducing the impact of climate change don’t go far enough, while 20 percent say policies are about right and 24 percent say they go too far.
There are also partisan divides on Americans’ views of climate change, with 84 percent of Democrats and 59 percent of independents saying the global community’s actions on climate change are too little.
Republicans are more evenly divided, with 29 percent saying the global community is doing too little and 30 percent saying efforts are about the right amount.
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There’s also a big generational divide over climate change policy. The survey found that 72 percent of Gen Z and Millennials, adults between the ages of 18 and 40, felt the global community was doing too little to address climate change. The percentage of participants who felt too little was being done to address climate change shrunk as age increased.
“Gen Z and Millennials are far more likely to believe the global community and the U.S. need to step up their efforts to deal with climate change,” Lee M. Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, said in a statement.
The poll results come shortly after Biden revealed a historic climate change plan that would invest $555 billion in tax breaks, incentives and investments that would encourage businesses and consumers to use renewable energy sources, like solar and wind, over fossil fuels.
Biden is currently attending the United Nations COP26 where world leaders across the globe are discussing climate change policies.
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