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What Americans think of Obama’s plan to fight climate change

February 13th, 2013

From Green Right Now Reports

Obama spoke emphatically about the need to fight climate change in his State of the Union Address last night, saying, “For the sake of our children we must do more to combat climate change.”air-pollution promo image

He added that if Congress couldn’t act — and it hasn’t been able to act to reduce greenhouse gases since, well, ever — he would do what he could through executive action to reduce carbon the pollution driving global warming.

Here, courtesy of a poll of 1,218 registered voters commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council, is a post-SOTUS snapshot of what Americans had to say about climate change and Obama’s new fervor on the topic.

Key findings:

  • 62 percent of Americans said they agreed with the president that we must do more to combat climate change.
  • 60 percent support the president’s plan to use his own authority to reduce carbon pollution.
  • 57 percent agreed that transitioning to more sustainable energy sources, away from carbon-polluting ones, should be a priority for Obama’s second term.

Here are the rest of the questions and answers in full:

Q1 Did you watch all or part of the State of the Union address?

Yes………………………………………………………… 92%

No …………………………………………………………. 8%

 

Q2 (Among people who watched the speech:) Overall, did you approve or disapprove of Barack Obama’s comments in the State of the

Union address?

Approve …………………………………………………. 67%

Disapprove……………………………………………… 33%

 

Q3 Now we’re going to ask about some of the things President Obama said during tonight’s State of the Union speech. President Obama

said he would make it a priority to reduce dangerous carbon pollution, prepare for the consequences of climate change, and

transition to more sustainable sources of energy. Do you think this should be a priority for his second term, or not?

It should be a priority ……………………………….. 57%

It should not ……………………………………………. 38%

Not sure …………………………………………………. 4%

 

Q4 President Obama said in his speech that for the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change. Do

you agree or disagree that it’s important to combat climate change for the sake of our children and our future?

Agree …………………………………………………….. 62%

Disagree ………………………………………………… 35%

Not sure …………………………………………………. 3%

 

Q5 President Obama said that he would use his authority to reduce dangerous carbon pollution. Do you support or oppose the President using

his authority to reduce dangerous carbon pollution?

Support ………………………………………………….. 60%

Oppose ………………………………………………….. 37%

Not sure …………………………………………………. 3%

 

Q6 President Obama said ‘we can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy and the most severe drought in decades and the worse wildfires some states have ever

seen were all just a freak coincidence’ or ‘we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science and act before it’s too late.’ Which

comes closer to your view: the major weather events of the last year were all freak coincidences; or these were effects of climate change, and we must act before it’s too late?

These were all just freak coincidences ……….. 36%

They were effects of climate change, and we

must act before it’s too late ………………………..58%

Not sure …………………………………………………. 6%

 

Q7 After hearing the president’s comments, do you think the country should take more or less action to address climate change, or do you

think we’re doing the right amount already?

We should do more………………………………….. 58%

We should do less……………………………………. 26%

We’re doing enough already ……………………… 14%

Not sure …………………………………………………. 2%

 

Obama, SOTUS

Obama said America must do more to combat climate change, and pledged for push for more green energy, while also approving oil and gas leases as part of an “all of the above” energy plan.

Q8 I’m going to mention a couple of public figures, industries, and organizations, and I’d like you to indicate your initial reaction toward each one

as either very positive, somewhat positive, neutral, somewhat negative, or very negative.

First, Barack Obama.

Very positive …………………………………………… 49%

Somewhat positive…………………………………… 11%

Neutral …………………………………………………… 4%

Somewhat negative …………………………………. 10%

Very negative………………………………………….. 26%

Don’t know him ……………………………………….. 0%

Not sure …………………………………………………. 0%

 

Q9 How much of a problem do you consider the issue of climate change and global warming to be: a very serious problem, a somewhat

serious problem, not that much of a problem, or not a problem at all?

Very serious problem……………………………….. 43%

Somewhat serious problem ………………………. 22%

Not that much of a problem……………………….. 17%

Not a problem at all………………………………….. 14%

Not sure …………………………………………………. 3%

 

Q10 Do you think of climate change and global warming as something that is already a problem; something that will become a problem

in the near future; something that is likely to become a problem, but in the more distant future; or something that is not likely to ever

become a real problem?

It is already a problem………………………………. 55%

It’ll be a problem in the near future……………… 10%

It’ll be a problem in the more distant future ….. 10%

It’s not likely to ever be a problem………………. 23%

Not sure …………………………………………………. 3%

 

Q11 When you think about the impacts of climate change, do you worry most about the impacts on people’s health, air pollution, the U.S.

economy, extreme weather events, or wildlife and natural habitats?

People’s health ……………………………………….. 20%

Air pollution…………………………………………….. 10%

U.S. economy …………………………………………. 18%

Extreme weather events …………………………… 31%

Wildlife and natural habitats………………………. 9%

Not sure …………………………………………………. 12%

 

Q12 If you are a woman, press 1. If a man, press 2.

Woman ………………………………………………….. 53%

Man……………………………………………………….. 47%

 

Q13 If you are a Democrat, press 1. If a Republican,

press 2. If you are an independent or identify

with another party, press 3.

Democrat ……………………………………………….. 40%

Republican……………………………………………… 28%

Independent/Other…………………………………… 32%

 

Q14 If you are 18 to 45 years old, press 1. If 46 to

65, press 2. If you are older than 65, press 3.

18 to 45………………………………………………….. 28%

46 to 65………………………………………………….. 48%

Older than 65………………………………………….. 24%


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