Poll: Public less supportive of state efforts to combat climate change

Mar 24, 2014

A new poll shows less support for states, including Michigan, to take steps to combat climate change.

The University of Michigan’s Center for Local, State and Urban Policy asked people whether their state governments should adopt policies to deal with climate change, for example reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2008, U of M researchers found strong support. In 2013, the support for state action had eroded.

“When we ask the question nationally, or state specific, we just do not see the enthusiasm and support for policy engagement that we did four or five years ago,” says Barry Rabe, the center’s director.

Rabe says the recession seems to have sapped a lot of the support for climate change legislation.

He says there has also been an increase in the number of people who doubt that climate change is real.