We are pleased to release a new report “Politics & Global Warming” based on our latest national survey, conducted after the 2020 election. With climate change a top priority of the incoming Biden-Harris administration, climate champions nominated to lead multiple federal agencies and programs, and with narrow Democratic control of the U.S. House and Senate, there will likely soon be multiple opportunities to reduce carbon pollution and accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy.

Overall, we find that large majorities of registered voters – often across party lines – support numerous policies to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean energy. These include:

Global Warming and Energy Policies

  • 82% support providing tax rebates to people who purchase energy-efficient vehicles or solar panels.

  • 82% support funding more research into renewable energy sources.

  • 80% support generating renewable energy (solar and wind) on public land in the U.S.
  • 78% support providing federal funding to put solar panels on the roofs of public schools.

  • 74% support regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant.

  • 72% support transitioning the U.S. economy (including electric utilities, transportation, buildings, and industry) from fossil fuels to 100% clean energy by 2050.
  • 67% support requiring fossil fuel companies to pay a tax on the carbon pollution they produce, and using that revenue to reduce other taxes (such as the federal income tax) by an equal amount (i.e., a revenue-neutral carbon tax).
  • 66% support requiring electric utilities to produce 100% of their electricity from renewable energy sources by the year 2035.
  • 66% support eliminating all carbon pollution created by coal, oil, and natural gas from the U.S. economy by 2050.