Will Climate Voters Vote?
The growing power and anger of climate change voters
Maeve Reston, September 4, 2019 (CNN)
“The voter passionately motivated by climate change was once something of an anomaly. But that is changing as [the White House] has systematically unraveled the nation's environmental regulations…[while the nation watched] fires in the Amazon, hurricanes that churn with increasing fury and record-shattering temperatures and weather events…Climate change got little attention in the 2016 presidential campaign. But there was a notable shift during the 2018 midterm election…Candidates alarmed by Republican inaction were drawn into congressional races across the country…The growing alarm is most pronounced among younger voters… [Earlier this year, Gallup found] climate change is becoming a bigger motivator for a larger group of people…[as they watch the current administration’s] systematic elimination of environmental regulations…
Historically, younger voters have been more concerned about climate change than older age groups -- and while concern is growing among older Americans, that gap still remains…60% of Americans 18 to 34 believe global warming will pose a significant threat in their lifetime, compared with only 35% of older Americans….Overall, 66% of US adults said they believed global warming is caused by human activities…The alarm among younger voters is particularly pronounced: 79% of adults 18 to 34 said they worry a great deal or a fair amount about global warming, compared with 62% of those 55 and older…There is still a strong partisan divide…[Only 12% of Republicans said they were ‘a great deal’ concerned about global warming, compared with more than two-thirds of Democrats (69%)…” click here for more