Fewer Americans see climate change as very serious problem

By Sarah Fortinsky
The Hill
May 6, 2024
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States

Fewer Americans today see climate change as a “very serious” problem than they did three years ago, according to a survey released Monday. The Monmouth University poll shows a 10-point decline in Americans who says climate change is a “very serious” problem, falling from 56% in September. The decline was less steep overall – with 66% ascribing climate change as a problem that’s either “very serious” or “somewhat serious.” That’s down from 2021, when 70% of respondents described the climate change problem as either “very serious” or “somewhat serious.” Patrick Murray, director of the Polling Institute, attributed this trend to a decline in urgency among Americans. “Most Americans continue to believe climate change is real. The difference in these latest poll results is a decline in a sense of urgency around this issue,” Murray said. The decline in urgency can be seen most acutely among young people.

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