Survey numbers over time show how very low public ranks ‘climate change’ as concern

Survey numbers over time show how very low public ranks ‘climate change’ as concern
Poster bear. Not as stranded as previously suggested.

[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.

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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.

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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%

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