According to a new poll, less than a third of Republicans think that climate change is a “major threat to the well-being of the United States.”
A survey conducted by the Pew Research Institute asked respondents about several “serious global threats,” including Russian influence, the Islamic State (ISIS) and North Korea’s nuclear program.
Global climate change was far and away the most divisive issue: Only 27 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents agreed it was a threat, compared to 84 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents.
Overall, though, the issue ranked as the biggest crisis for most respondents, with 57 percent saying it put the U.S. at risk. That’s 2 percent less than were concerned with climate change in a 2017 Pew survey.
That might not be surprising, given the debates about the Green New Deal in Congress. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who says he does believe in climate change, claimed the Green New Deal would “[kill] off entire domestic industries [and wind] down millions of jobs—basically [outlaw] the only sources of energy that working-class and middle-class families can actually afford.”