72% of US adults think America should take “aggressive action” against global warming caused by climate change, according to a new poll

June 18, 2017
Poll: Most want ‘aggressive action’ on climate change
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Seventy-two percent of U.S. adults think America should take “aggressive action” against global warming caused by climate change, according to a new poll.

Forty-six percent in the Reuters/Ipsos survey released Tuesday “strongly agree” the U.S. should take “aggressive action” on climate change, while 26 percent “somewhat agree.”

Eighteen percent disagree, with 8 percent “strongly” disagreeing and 10 percent “somewhat” disagreeing. Ten percent were unsure.Pollsters found 47 percent disagree with President Trump’s recent decision to remove the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, while 39 percent agree with Trump’s decision. Fifteen percent were uncertain.  Reuters/Ipsos conducted its latest survey of 1,685 U.S. adults via online interviews from June 2-4. The poll has a 2.8 percent margin of error.  Reuters found that respondents believe the U.S. should lead the global fight against climate change, with 68 percent agreeing with that idea to some extent.

Over the past decade, various studies have found that conservatives and economic liberals are considerably more likely than other people to reject anthropogenic global warming, presumably because this is a problem that the market cannot solve.  The true danger from nationalist framings of climate change, however, is not denial, but the weaponisation of the environment in the service of self-interest.