Florida Atlantic University researchers say Florida Republican and Democratic voters almost agree on climate change – Tallahassee Reports


Florida Atlantic University Research suggests that Florida Republican and Democratic voters almost agree that climate change exists but differ on the cause. About nine in ten Florida Republicans believe climate change exists, the researchers say. About 96% of Florida’s Democratic voters agree.

When it comes to the cause of climate change, half of Florida Republicans believe it is a man-made problem, while nearly 75% of Florida Democratic voters would agree.

FAU research suggests that the difference of opinion over the cause of climate change could be a reason lawmakers are open to discussing climate change policy in the Florida legislature, but s’ rarely hear about a solution.

Colin Polsky, Director of Environmental Studies and Professor of Geosciences at the FAU College of Sciences, noted The change in attitude of Floridians towards climate change is the result of President Donald J. Trump’s administration and then the COVID pandemic.

“This string of results – five polls since 2019 – begins to paint a picture of the attitudes of Floridians during a period of particularly dynamic political, economic and environmental conditions. During the period of these five polls, public opinion on climate change was likely shaped negatively by the Trump administration’s 2017 decision to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. United Nations. Likewise, the importance of climate change to the public has likely diminished in response to the immediate new daily concerns associated with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic crises it has triggered. As such, the results of these Florida climate change opinion polls can be seen to reflect the net public sentiment of at least two important external and independent influences on public opinion.

The FAU research noted that Floridians’ views on climate change are very different from the national surveys they have observed. According to their data, only half of Republicans across the country believe in “global warming” and only about 33% believe in man-made “global warming”.

Earlier in November, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (right) announcement the appointment of Wesley Brooks as the next Florida Resilience Officer, whose job it is to tackle climate change in Florida. The post was created during the DeSantis administration in 2019 with the observation post description “the sea level rises” and “other impacts of climate change. “

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Grant holcomb is a journalist at Florida Capital Star and the Star News network. Follow Grant on Twitter and advice on direct messages.

Republished with permission from The star of the capital of Florida


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