[Ed. – Excellent perspective outlined here. Percentage of a sample that says it’s “important” (or a “top priority”) still has to be ranked among other issues identified as important by that same sample. “Climate change” shows very badly in that regard. Very worth spending a couple of minutes at the link. Emphasis in original.]
Last year, 44% of respondents told Pew that ‘Dealing with global climate change’ should be a top priority.
That sounds significant until you notice that every single item on the list received at least 39% support.
In such cases, raw percentages are meaningless. What matters is how a topic ranks compared to its fellows. Those results couldn’t be clearer.
In 2019, climate change ended up in 17th place out of 18.
70% of people said strengthening the economy should be a top priority.
69% said reducing healthcare costs should be.
16. ‘Improving the country’s roads, bridges and public transportation systems’ – 45%
17. ‘Dealing with global climate change’ – 44%
18. ‘Dealing with global trade issues’ – 39%