Paris Agreement Survey: Americans Concerned About Economy, Environment

The White House recently announced plans to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, an agreement between 197 countries around the world to limit global warming. According to a study by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, the majority of Americans support the Paris Agreement and think the U.S. should continue to hold up its part of the bargain. But now that the President has already announced the U.S. will pull out of the agreement, have opinions changed? We asked 1,000 respondents about their thoughts on the Paris Agreement and its potential impact on the economy and the environment.

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Environmental Concerns

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest online survey, 75% of respondents agreed that they are at least somewhat concerned about environmental issues in general. And 64% said they are concerned about climate change specifically.

In addition, 78% said that they try to be environmentally friendly in their daily lives. 83% think that businesses should aim to be environmentally friendly. And another 83% think that government entities should try to be environmentally friendly.

Paris Agreement

More specifically, 53% of respondents said that they disagree with President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. 23% said they agree with the decision. And 24% were neutral or had no opinion on the subject. In addition, 48% of respondents said they would be likely to support a re-negotiation of the deal.

So what kind of impact do people think withdrawing from the agreement will have on the U.S.? 50% of respondents think that withdrawing from the agreement will have a negative impact on the U.S. economy. And just 21% think that it will have a positive impact on the economy. On the other hand, 54% think that withdrawing from the agreement will have a negative impact on the environment. And just 10% think it will have a positive impact.

Climate Change

Overall, 75% of respondents said they think that climate change is real. 10% do not think it’s real. And 15% were undecided or had no opinion. There were a few more self-identified Democrats included in the study than self-identified Republicans. However, 54% of Republican respondents said they believe climate change is real.

Additionally, 49% of Republican respondents said they agree with the President’s decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement. And just 5% of Democrat respondents said they agreed with the decision.

Key Takeaways

Like many decisions that have been made in recent years, the decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord was met with mixed reactions from people with different political affiliations. However, it wasn’t an overwhelmingly popular decision even among republicans, though it doesn’t seem too likely to hurt the President’s popularity among that base too much. Additionally, it seems that people’s concerns about withdrawing from the agreement aren’t just about the environment. Almost as many people also think that withdrawing will have a negative impact on the economy.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

Photo Credit: Climate Change Protest by Michael Gwyther-Jones under CC BY 2.0

What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on June 5 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.