Climate change & Trump What is America’s opinion?
of Americans believe that climate change is real
of Americans think that the U.S. is the world’s biggest carbon emitter
of Americans think climate change will be critical in the 2020 election
2019 saw millions of concerned Americans protesting over climate change and calling for government action. Piplsay (powered by Market Cube) surveyed 70,747 Americans nationwide to understand how climate change is impacting their lifestyle. Political parties, activists, and NGO’s can leverage this data in their decision making. For an in-depth analysis, download the full document here.
Greta Thunberg got a lot of press coverage in 2019. While the world applauded the Swedish teenager for her efforts, President Trump did the opposite. He published a series of tweets advising Greta to work on her “anger management” and to “chill.”
President Trump’s opinion on climate change is all too obvious, but does the American public feel the same? Piplsay polled 70,747 Americans nationwide and got these interesting insights.
- 43% of men say they are well informed about climate change, compared to just 25% of women
- 75% of Gen Zers believe in climate change – highest amongst all age groups
- 69% of Gen Zers think climate change is important to 2020 elections, as compared to just 54% of baby boomers
- 72% of Americans in Hawaii are unhappy with the government’s handling of the climate change issue – highest amongst all states
- 30% of North Dakota residents think climate issue is ‘not at all’ important to the 2020 elections
- 51% of Canadians and 45% of British citizens view America’s withdrawal from the Paris accord negatively
- Recycling remains a top solution to reduce the individual carbon footprint across all three countries
Climate Change Is Real
A whopping 67% of Americans today believe that global warming is a real and present danger. Close to 80% also believe in living a sustainable lifestyle, be it through recycling their waste, driving less, or switching to LED lights. That’s not surprising considering that about 6 out of 10 Americans feel that individuals contribute to global warming just as equally or even more than what industries do.
Given the focus on sustainability, about 66% of Americans believe that alternatives like electric cars and eco-friendly clothing will play a crucial role in helping combat climate change over the years.
Looming Over 2020 Elections
Surprisingly, despite people’s increasing demand for accountability, only 36% of Americans view the country’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement as a negative development. Another 24% are unsure about how they feel, possibly confused by the many arguments and counter-arguments over the exit.
Still, when it comes to government action, over half of Americans seem disappointed with the way the current administration is handling the climate change issue. That should worry Donald Trump and his team, especially since a whopping 62% of Americans think climate change will be an important factor in the upcoming presidential elections. Will Trump stay adamant, or will he soften his stand? The next few months will surely tell.
Survey Methodology: This Piplsay survey (powered by Market Cube) was conducted nationwide in the US, Canada, and the UK in the month of January 2020. We received 70,747, 7593, and 7918 responses respectively from individuals aged 18 years and older