Overwhelming Majority of Americans Support Global Warming Action

American voters demonstrate a strong desire for the U.S. to transition toward a low-carbon economy

12-23-2009 // Tony Iallonardo

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – A new poll released today by National Wildlife Federation shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans support action to limit carbon pollution and move the U.S. toward a clean energy future.

“The American people can't be more clear when it comes to solving global warming: they want the U.S. to be Rudolph out in front of the sleigh, leading the world toward a clean energy future,” said Jeremy Symons, senior vice president of NWF. “There is overwhelming public support for the Senate to pass legislation with firm limits on carbon pollution that will stimulate massive new investments in clean energy technologies.”

American voters demonstrate a strong desire for the U.S. to transition toward a low-carbon economy, with strong support among Independents:

  • Strikingly, 82 percent of voters support the U.S. government increasing investment in clean energy sources.
  • 67 percent of voters and 67 percent of Independents support the U.S. government limiting carbon pollution and other gases that may cause global warming.

The polling also showed that the majority of Americans believe global warming is happening despite recent controversies surrounding climate scientists, though there is a strong partisan divide. Democrats and Independents overwhelmingly acknowledging global warming is real while Republicans remain significantly less united in their skepticism: 

  • 67 percent of registered voters believe global warming is happening
  • Among Democrats: 91 percent believe global warming is happening, 8 percent don’t
  • Among Independents: 64 percent believe, 32 percent do not
  • Among Republicans: 43 percent believe, 54 percent do not

The poll was conducted by the Benenson Strategy Group. 1,000 interviews were conducted with registered voters nationwide from December 12-15, 2009.

Related Resources
  • Poll Results (pdf)

    A summary of the poll results shows that Americans’ belief in global warming and their desire for action remains very strong.