Democrats & Republicans Are Split on Harsh Weather

Sep 11, 2023 - Views: 1659
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This week, almost 150 million Americans got heat advisories, following July’s record-breaking heat.

Devastating downpours poured two month’s worth of rain on Vermont in two days.

Smoke from Canadian wildfires clogged the East Coast sky, resulting in some regions having the worst air quality on record.

And Hawaii is still hurting from the worst wildfires in the United States in a century.

Despite widespread public worry about severe weather, according to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll, Americans are strongly divided along party lines - on whether climate change is contributing to these events.

Democrats and Republicans deeply divided on extreme weather

Democrats and Republicans deeply divided on extreme weather

The survey was done from mid-to-late July, during some of the hottest days the Earth has seen in over 100,000 years.

Unsurprisingly, a huge majority of US adults (7%) say they have had really hot days in the last five years.

When asked if climate change is a key influence on those unusually hot days, 35% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents agree it is, compared to 85% of Democrats.

Overall, 63% of Americans who have experienced exceptionally hot days believe climate change has a big effect.

There is a similar party split when it comes to extreme weather, with more than twice as many Democrats as Republicans attributing such events to climate change.

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