The Dernogalizer

May 3, 2009

American Consensus

Filed under: Climate Change,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 7:53 pm
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I’ve posted before about how there is a scientific consensus about man-made climate change.  It turns out that Americans have also come to a consensus about government regulation of greenhouse gases.  I doubt you could find this much agreement of an issue that’s seemingly “controversial”.  A recent poll by abcnews found that an overwhelming majority of Americans(especially young Americans) want government action.  Here is the poll(pg 5).

And I quote...”GREENHOUSE – While majorities across the board support government regulation ofgreenhouse gases, it peaks among liberals (88 percent) and under 30s (80 percent), vs. 61 percent of conservatives and 64 percent of seniors. Support also ranges from 85 percent of Democrats, 65 percent “strongly,” to 64 percent of Republicans, 39 percent strongly.  Concern about its cost is broader, and stronger, among those who’d presumably be hit hardest – lower-income adults.”

 

GREENHOUSE – While majorities across the board support government regulation of

greenhouse gases, it peaks among liberals (88 percent) and under 30s (80 percent), vs. 61
percent of conservatives and 64 percent of seniors. Support also ranges from 85 percent
of Democrats, 65 percent “strongly,” to 64 percent of Republicans, 39 percent strongly.
Concern about its cost is broader, and stronger, among those who’d presumably be hit
hardest – lower-income adults.

 What’s also incredible about this is that 61% of conservatives and 64% of Republicans support action.  This is despite the fact that some of their news sources such as fox news and radio talk show hosts are constantly berating the notion that there is man-made global warming, or that anything needs to be done about it.  This says something, which is that on messaging and on persuasion, the deniers and delayers are losing.  The disconnect then shows up on capitol hill where hundreds of millions of lobby dollars and thouands of lobbyists try and convince Congress that action will be too costly and isn’t worth it.  I will have an answer for that with a column on Tuesday.  Stay tuned.

**Update 5/15/09**  Here’s an additional poll that reinforces this.

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