Source: "The Coming GOP Civil War Over Climate Change," by Coral Davenport, Nationaljournal.com, May 9, 2013.
Notes: Audobon President and CEO David Yarnold went on to say,
"We're trying to get (Republican lawmakers who worried about climate change) to come out of the climate closet. There's no question they're leaving votes on the table because of this. And they know it."
Yes, this article indicated that Republicans are starting to lose independent and conservative voters on the issue of climate change.
Two April 2013 Gallup Polls showed 58 percent of all Americans are worried about global warming, and 57 percent believe it is caused by human activities. Concern among independent and Republicans voters about global warming is rising. Gallup discovered that 59 percent of independent voters (up from 51 percent in 2010) and 40 percent of Republicans (up from 32 percent from that year) worry about climate change.
In addition: George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication conducted a January 2013 poll of Republicans and Republican-leading independents. These results showed that a majority (52 percent) think climate change is happening; 62 percent favor taking action to combat climate change, such as taxing carbon pollution. Only 35 percent of the Republican respondents agreed with the Republican Party's current position rejecting climate change.
Furthermore, a Pew Research Center March 2013 poll discovered 69 percent of Americans believe the climate is already changing. This poll uncovered a generation gap: Only 28 percent of voters over age 65 accept the scientific consensus that fossil fuel emissions are warming the Earth, while close to 50 percent of those under 50 accept it.
"These polls show that there are a lot of people who are inclined to vote Republican—and believe America should respond to climate change," said Edward Maibach, director of the George Mason program. "Republicans aren't inclined to respond to it right now, but in the future, if they don't take these issues seriously, they're inclined to alienate a lot of Republican voters."
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