One week before the first presidential debate of the U.S. general election, our new national poll finds strong voter support for climate action and for moderators asking Joe Biden and Donald Trump questions about climate change during the presidential debates.
About three-quarters (74%) of registered voters say they want climate questions asked during the three presidential debates, according to our new poll conducted on behalf of The Guardian, VICE Media Group and Covering Climate Now with Climate Nexus, and the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.
Nearly two-thirds (65%) of registered voters say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports 100% clean electricity by 2035, and seven out of 10 (70%) support the United States’ participation in the Paris Agreement. Almost two-thirds (65%) of voters say comprehensive climate legislation should be a priority for the next Congress and the president in 2021, including about a third (34%) who say it should be a top priority.
A partisan divide between Republicans and Democrats around climate change persists, but a majority (72%) of American voters across the political spectrum support climate action, including majorities of Democrats (85%), Independents (71%), and Republicans (56%).