New polls released Thursday by Navigator show that 78% of registered voters agree, “America should make significant investments in clean energy as part of our efforts to rebuild the economy.” This is even supported by the majority of the GOP voters. Here is the breakdown:
Democrats: 98% agree
Independent: 87% agree
Republicans: 55% agree
Even as the survey becomes more specific and Biden’s name is linked to several clean energy initiatives in his employment plan, nearly 70% still support the climate proposals.
The exact question is, “As you may know, President Biden has proposed that a number of climate-related initiatives be included in the American Jobs Plan, such as investing in clean energy such as wind and solar, upgrading our electricity grid. Increasing production of Electric vehicles and making sure everyone has access to clean air and water. Do you support or oppose these guidelines being included in the American Jobs Plan? “
Overall, 69% of registered voters said they supported the policy, including 95% Democrats, 76% Independents and 39% Republicans.
This is known as overwhelming public support. The decline among Republicans was predictable once Biden’s name was added to the mix. Still, almost 40% of GOP voters support the initiatives.
The positive views on Biden’s clean energy initiatives reflect another finding from the poll: 67% of voters see climate change as a serious problem for Americans “today”, and another 70% believe climate change to be a serious problem for Americans becomes her children and future generations her family.
Voters also appear to be aware that their views on climate change are shifting to a more pressing phase. When asked whether they have more or less supported the transition to cleaner energy sources “in recent years” or whether their minds have not changed, 68% said they have become more supportive, including 87% Democrats, 70% of Independents and 45% of Republicans.
Biden’s clean energy initiatives are another example of how provisions in his plan tend to be better queried than the overall plan. The survey found that Biden’s American employment plan is 55% supportive and only 23% oppose it. That leaves room to increase support for the entire measure from almost a quarter of voters.
Democrats should speak clearly about the individual provisions of their choice, as most of them vote at least as well – but often better – than the overall plan. People like these guidelines and support for the overall plan are likely to increase even more People understand what it means.