By Varun Hukeri
Polling data suggests voters who backed former President Donald Trump in the 2020 election hold more nuanced opinions on climate change than the binary climate denial versus climate acceptance debate as framed by progressive climate activists.
A YouGov/Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) poll conducted in January for the American Enterprise Institute found that 66% of Trump voters believe climate change is real. The remaining 34% of Trump voters said climate change is not real and the government “should do nothing” to combat it.
Among those polled, 10% of respondents overall said the government “must do something now” to combat climate change. An additional 56% of respondents overall said “science and technology developed by the private sector and government” could be used to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Younger Trump voters were more likely to say the government “must do something now” to combat climate change. Among those polled, 19% of respondents aged 18-29 agreed with that statement compared to just 6% of respondents aged 65 or older, according to YouGov/EPPC polling.
Respondents who primarily identified as GOP voters were considerably less likely than those who primarily identified as Trump voters to say the government “should do nothing” to combat climate change. Among those polled, 17% of self-identified GOP voters agreed with that statement compared to 43% of self-identified Trump voters, according to YouGov/EPPC polling.
The survey response from Trump voters appears to refute a common perception among progressive climate activists that the vast majority of conservative voters deny climate change.