Voters support the climate change proposals expected to be a priority when President-elect Joe Biden takes office next week, according to a new national poll conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communications and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, the New York Times reports. The survey found a majority of registered voters (53%) support making addressing global warming a high or very high priority for the new administration and Congress, and nearly two-thirds (66%) said developing sources of clean energy should be a high or very high priority. Biden ran on the most ambitious climate platform ever put forward by a major party nominee, and several of his specific proposals were highly favored in the survey, including setting stronger vehicle fuel efficiency standards (78%) and installing 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations (67%).
Voters especially support programs to address the wind-down of fossil fuels, including a jobs program to plug abandoned oil and gas wells, and a jobs program to hire unemployed coal workers, shut down old coal mines safely, and restore the natural landscape (both 83%). A Green New Deal had 66% support. Across most climate priorities, a partisan gap remains; however, a plurality of Republicans (43%) said developing clean sources of energy should be a high or very high priority for the Congress and president, suggesting a bipartisan avenue forward on at least some proposals. The poll’s findings are consistent with the results of several Nexus Polling surveys conducted over the past year. (New York Times $)