Even Republican Voters Support Regulating Carbon Pollution

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/tomsaint/3518071026/in/photolist-6mT2X1-7HM7aT-cGKH6Q-cGKHWA-cGKHm7-araVSi-iyvEwu-cGKPr3-cGKUQy-cGKUAL-ktN2qp-ktNBTR-ktNzRe-ktQcPW-ktN4nR-hzVgL1-hzUtDT-araVpZ-ardyh5-hzUqZz-hzUG2u-hzViLo-hzUsQi-6SMD1X-7JoWvw-ktQjVu-ktNE1g-ktN6Nx-6LLXwB-4VR4uw-boo9nN-agitDo-oQFU5w-b7ZsQc-9dCBk8-8CqAtP-9dFDWs-q9aAjw-k2oXbe-k2oPAz-ktNLoB-k2oLWM-k2pkGK-k2phXi-k2rC49-k2pGEX-k2pdek-k2rny7-k2rpZu-k2p8an"> Rennett Stowe</a>/Flickr

Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.

If you look at the new Congress, conservative sentiment seems overwhelmingly united against climate action—72 percent of the Senate’s Republican caucus reject the science on climate change. But among the voting population, the numbers are slightly more optimistic, according to Yale University polling data released today.

The data combines the results from six different polls conducted over the past three years, and it shows deep divisions within the Republican Party over belief in climate change and support for climate policies. Most interestingly, a majority of Republican voters support the government taking steps to curb carbon dioxide pollution. That’s the very policy that GOP leaders like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and House Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) have vowed to fight this year.


Despite that call for action, belief that climate change is happening is common only among self-described liberal and moderate Republicans, who together comprise just 30 percent of the party:


So clearly climate advocates still have their work cut out for them in winning more Republicans over to the overwhelming mainstream scientific consensus on climate change. But at the same time, an all-out war on President Obama’s climate initiatives won’t be a clear-cut win for any but the most right-wing Republican legislators.

More Mother Jones reporting on Climate Desk


Headshot of Editor in Chief of Mother Jones, Clara Jeffery

It sure feels that way to me, and here at Mother Jones, we’ve been thinking a lot about what journalism needs to do differently, and how we can have the biggest impact.

We kept coming back to one word: corruption. Democracy and the rule of law being undermined by those with wealth and power for their own gain. So we're launching an ambitious Mother Jones Corruption Project to do deep, time-intensive reporting on systemic corruption, and asking the MoJo community to help crowdfund it.

We aim to hire, build a team, and give them the time and space needed to understand how we got here and how we might get out. We want to dig into the forces and decisions that have allowed massive conflicts of interest, influence peddling, and win-at-all-costs politics to flourish.

It's unlike anything we've done, and we have seed funding to get started, but we're looking to raise $500,000 from readers by July when we'll be making key budgeting decisions—and the more resources we have by then, the deeper we can dig. If our plan sounds good to you, please help kickstart it with a tax-deductible donation today.

Thanks for reading—whether or not you can pitch in today, or ever, I'm glad you're with us.

Signed by Clara Jeffery

Clara Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief

payment methods

We Recommend