Poll: 77% Of Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

| by Edward Arnold

Most of Americans, and nearly half of Republicans, think that the government should act on climate change.

According the the latest poll conducted by the New York Times, Stanford University and environmental research group Resources for the Future, 77 percent of Americans say the federal government should be doing a substantial amount to combat climate change.

The poll also found that 82 percent of Americans believe that climate change is caused by human activity, up nine percent from 2011. The same amount of people think if nothing is done to reduce emissions, serious consequences will arise in the future. 71 percent believe they will be personally hurt by climate change.

The poll's findings could have some serious implications for the 2016 presidential race, as two-thirds of Americans say they are more willing to vote for a candidate that campaigns on stopping climate change, including 48 percent of Republicans.

In the 2012 Republican primary, only one candidate -- John Huntsman Jr. -- refused to deny that climate change is caused by humans. If this poll is truly representative of the Republican base, the 2016 candidates will have to acknowledge the real impacts of climate change.

Overall, 90 percent of Democrats and 48 percent of Republicans think the government should be fighting climate change. 

The poll was conducted nationwide over the phone with 1,006 adults and has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points. 

Sources: New York Times / Photo Credit: EPA