New Poll Shows Americans’ Belief in Global Warming and Desire For Action Remain Strong

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New Poll Shows Americans’ Belief in Global Warming and Desire For Action Remain Strong Yearlong negative campaign by Big Oil gets little traction

The American people can't be more clear when it comes to solving global warming: they want the U.S. to be Rudolph out in front of the sleigh, leading the world toward a clean energy future

The overwhelming majority of Americans – more than 80 percent -- support action to limit carbon pollution and move the U.S. toward a clean energy future, according to a new poll released today by National Wildlife Federation.

American voters demonstrate a strong desire for the U.S. to transition toward a low-carbon economy, with strong support among Independents.

  •     Strikingly, 82 percent voters and 80 percent of Independents, support the U.S. government increasing investment in clean energy sources.
  •     67 percent of voters and 67 percent of Independents, support the U.S. government limiting carbon pollution and other gases that may cause global warming.

The polling also showed that the majority of Americans believe global warming is happening despite recent controversies surrounding climate scientists, though there is a strong partisan divide. Democrats and Independents overwhelmingly acknowledging global warming is real while Republicans remain significantly less united in their skepticism.

“The American people can't be more clear when it comes to solving global warming: they want the U.S. to be Rudolph out in front of the sleigh, leading the world toward a clean energy future,” said Jeremy Symons, senior vice president of NWF. “There is overwhelming public support for the Senate to pass legislation with firm limits on carbon pollution that will stimulate massive new investments in clean energy technologies.”

The poll was conducted by the Benenson Strategy Group. 1,000 interviews were conducted with registered voters nationwide from December 12-15, 2009.

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