Polling Data Supports CCL’s Policy Laser Talk

The Yale Project for Climate Change Communications recently compiled American opinions on 14 questions covering beliefs, risk perceptions, and policy options for addressing climate change [1]. Remarkably, the results are reported on the national, state, congressional district, and even county level. The results are from a model, not direct polling. However, the results were validated with polling results in 4 states and two metropolitan areas. The model results and polling results are very similar, giving us confidence in the results.

The last question relates directly to CCL’s Carbon Fee and Dividend policy. In the results, roughly twice as many people favor our policy as oppose it —  44% to 25%. About the same time this study was released, a completely separate and independent poll, not modeling, from Stanford and Resources for the Future found a similar ratio: 67% favored while only 31% opposed the federal government imposing a tax on companies for fossil fuels emissions and returning all the revenue “equally” to Americans [2]. While the two studies find large differences in the number of Americans who don’t know — 31% in the Yale study, 2% in the Stanford/RFF study — this probably represents a difference in methodology. Shining through any methodological differences are America’s preference for a revenue-neutral carbon tax returning the money to households.

Skeptic Claims and One-Liners

Carbon Fee Skeptic Claim: Americans don’t want carbon fee and dividend.
One-Liner: Two recent polls show that twice as many Americans support a policy like fee and dividend than oppose it. 

  1. Howe, P., Mildenberger, M., Marlon, J., & Leiserowitz, A. (2015) “Geographic variation in opinions on climate change at state and local scales in the USA,” Nature Climate Change. DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2583.
  2. Koumanoff, Charles. “Carbon Tax Polling Milestone: 2/3 Support if Revenue-Neutral”. The Carbon Tax Center. April 16, 2015. URL: http://www.carbontax.org/blogarchives/2015/04/15/carbon-tax-polling-milestone-23-support-if-revenue-neutral/ URL to original study: http://www.rff.org/centers/energy_and_climate_economics/Pages/Surveying-American-Attitudes-toward-Climate-Change-and-Clean-Energy.aspx

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