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Polling Shows American Support for Climate Change Action

A majority of Americans want the federal government to do more to address climate change, according to a fact sheet on a series of polls released by the Environmental and Energy Study Institute on Monday.

EESI’s release comes after a report in the South China Morning Post indicated that the U.S. and China would jointly announce ratification of the Paris Agreement during President Obama’s trip this week, ahead of the Group of 20 summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang. On Monday, White House Senior Adviser Brian Deese also said it is within the president’s legal authority to ratify the climate agreement without the approval of two-thirds of the Senate because the accord is an “executive agreement.”

According to a March poll conducted by Yale and George Mason University of 1,004 registered voters, 73 percent of registered voters believe climate change is occurring and 56 percent believe climate change is mostly caused by humans. Fifty-seven percent of those polled were concerned about global warming.

Another poll of 1,015 adults, conducted in March by Saint Leo University, showed 75 percent of respondents were concerned about climate change and 56 percent said the government is responsible for combatting climate change.

However, an ABC News/Washington Post poll of 1,004 adults conducted in November by Langer Research Associates showed a split among party lines when it came to how serious a problem climate change is. While 81 percent of Democrats said climate change was a very serious problem, only 43 percent of Republicans felt similarly. Additionally, 65 percent of Democrats wanted the government to do more to address climate change, compared to 22 percent of Republicans.