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Yale climate change report: Bi-partisan support for action

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/15/11 @ 2:39pm

Yale Project on Climate Change released the second of four reports from its latest national survey on Americans' climate change and energy beliefs, attitudes, policy support, and behavior. Public Support for Climate & Energy Policies in May 2011 shows that-despite political polarization in Washington D.C.-public support for a variety of climate change and energy policies remains high, across party lines:

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  • 71 percent of Americans say global warming should be a very high (13%), high (27%), or medium (31%) priority for the president and Congress, including 50 percent of Republicans, 66 percent of Independents and 88 percent of Democrats.
  • 91 percent of Americans say developing sources of clean energy should be a very high (32%), high (35%), or medium (24%) priority for the president and Congress, including 85 percent of Republicans, 89 percent of Independents, and 97 percent of Democrats.

The report includes both overall results and breakdowns of public support by political party. 

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