By David Flemming
According to a recent Gallup poll, climate change is far down the list of America’s “most important problem” we’re facing.
In April, 45% Americans believed “coronavirus/diseases” was the biggest problem facing the country, followed by “the government/poor leadership” at 20%. In June, government/poor leadership edged out coronavirus/disease 21% to 20%.
Then government/poor leadership returned to second place in July, taking in 23% of the vote, exceeded again by coronavirus/disease at 30%.
As one might expect “race relations/racism” skyrocketed from 1% of the vote in April, to 19% in June and 16% in July, following the George Floyd death and riots.
How did “climate change/environment/pollution” place in each of these months? A high of 2% in June, sandwiched between two dismal showings of 1% in April and July. In fact, “unifying the country,” “crime/violence,” “economy in general,” “judicial system/courts/Laws,” “healthcare,” “unemployment/jobs,” “ethics/moral/religious/family decline,” “lack of respect for each other,” and “the media” all received a larger portion of the “biggest problem” vote in the most recent survey during July.
I imagine Vermonters have similar priorities, even if they place climate change a little higher than the average American. That is something for legislators to ponder as they consider passing the Global Warming Solutions Act and other climate legislation.
David Flemming is a policy analyst for the Ethan Allen Institute. Reprinted with permission from the Ethan Allen Institute Blog.