On Thursday, September 24, Resources for the Future (RFF) hosted “Climate Insights 2020: Climate Change and the American Voter,” a timely conversation on American public opinion on climate change. This event was part of the global digital activations for Climate Week NYC 2020.
Less than a week before the first US presidential debate, this event launched the latest report installment of a new survey by researchers at Stanford University, Resources for the Future (RFF), and ReconMR. The survey, Climate Insights 2020: Policies and Politics, sheds light on US political dynamics, climate change, and American voters’ priorities—namely, whether climate change will be on their minds when they go to the polls in November.
Has the COVID-19 pandemic diminished or heightened public concern about climate and environmental issues? And is public opinion on other environmental and natural resource issues—from natural disasters to specific mitigation policies—evolving over time? We examined this, and more, during the event.
- Christina Chan, World Resources Institute
- Katharine Hayhoe, Texas Tech University
- Jon Krosnick, Stanford University
- Richard G. Newell, Resources for the Future
- Justin Worland, TIME Magazine (moderator)