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Poll Shows Americans See Climate Action Helping U.S. Economy


November 16 – A majority of Americans believe that steps to reduce global warming pollution will also help boost the U.S. economy, according to a recent poll.

The Associated Press-Stanford University poll found that:
  • 40% of respondents said U.S. action to slow global warming would create jobs
  • 46%, said it would boost the economy.
  • Less than one-third said curbing climate change would hurt the economy and cost jobs.
  • More than three-quarters (76%) said the government should put, "a great deal/a lot," of effort into, "the serious problems the world will face if nothing is done to stop them?"
  • Nearly two-thirds (63%) said that future generations will be hurt, "a great deal/a lot," if nothing is done to reduce future global warming. Less than a quarter (23%) said future generations would be little affected or not at all.

The poll added fuel to the fire on both sides of the political debate about what, if anything, to do about global warming.

Although most respondents view acting to curb global warming as an economic positive, they also made clear they don't want to pay too much for such action.

Some three-quarters said they would oppose the cap-and-trade system if it raised their electricity bill by $25 a month. Some 59% said they wouldn't support cap and trade if it raised their electricity bills by just $10. See the complete poll results here.