55% Agree That Humans Have Only A Decade To Address Climate Change

A recent Vox feature on the Green New Deal suggested that “Humanity has just over a decade to get carbon emissions under control before catastrophic climate change before climate change impacts become unavoidable.” Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters at least somewhat agree with that assessment. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 27% disagree and 17% are not sure.

Those figures include 25% who Strongly Agree with that perspective and 30% who Somewhat Agree.

Other survey data suggests there is a big difference of opinion between those who Strongly Agree and those who only Somewhat Agree. Twenty-nine percent (29%) of the Strong believers are willing to pay $1,000 or more annually to address the challenges of global warming and climate change. Among those who Somewhat Agree with the Vox statement, only 15% are willing to spend that much.

At the other extreme, even among those who Strongly Agree that humanity has a decade to address these concerns, 44% are not willing to pay more than $100 a year to address the problem. As for those who Somewhat Agree with that assessment, 61% are unwilling to pay more than $100 a year on a solution.

As for those who disagree with the idea that we have only a decade to address the problem, 85% are unwilling to pay more than $100 a year.

Overall, among all voters, 68% are unwilling to pay more than $100 a year to address the challenges of global warming and climate change (see question wording and crosstab results).

The data also reveals a significant generational divide on this topic. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of those under 50 at least somewhat agree with the urgency expressed by Vox and other Green New Deal advocates. Among older voters, just 43% share that view.

Seventy-three percent (73%) of Democrats agree with the idea that humanity must act within a decade to avoid climate change impacts. Just 46% of Independents and 44% of Republicans agree (see crosstab results).

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The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted January 3-4, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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