On April 22, people around the world commemorate Earth Day, with events that call attention to a wide range of environmental concerns, especially global climate change. Here’s a look at what recent Pew Research Center surveys have found about Americans’ views on climate change and renewable energy sources.
About four-in-ten U.S. adults say that dealing with climate change should be a top priority for President Joe Biden and Congress to address this year, according to a Center survey conducted in January 2022. A separate January 2022 survey found that three-quarters of Americans say that human activity, such as the burning of fossil fuels, contributes to climate change at least some, with 46% saying it contributes a great deal.
The survey found that Americans generally view policies aimed at reducing the effects of global climate change as good for the environment, but are split on whether they help the economy.