A clear majority of Democrats—70 percent—said they would support a candidate who calls for taking action on climate change, while 51 percent of independents said they would support such a candidate, and only 28 percent of Republicans, Lerer writes. But 53 percent of respondents "doubt the president’s assertion that a reduction of soot and smog will lead to substantial health benefits." A high number of Republicans—73 percent—said the new standards, which call for a 30 percent reduction in carbon-dioxide emissions by 2030 from existing power plants based on emission levels from 2005, "won’t reduce the number of cases of asthma and other respiratory diseases." A majority of independents, 60 percent, agreed, while only 30 percent of Democrats said yes.
Also, 46 percent of respondents said climate change is a major threat, while 27 percent called it a minor threat, Lerer writes. When it comes to trusting scientists about climate change, 48 percent said "they 'trust' warnings from scientists about the problem, while 43 percent say scientists 'manipulate their findings for political reasons.'” (Read more)