Jun 24, 2020 - Energy & Environment

The GOP faces a generational gap on climate change

Reproduced from Pew Research Center; Chart: Axios Visuals
Reproduced from Pew Research Center; Chart: Axios Visuals

New Pew Research Center polling brings more evidence of a generational divide among Republicans on climate change and energy policy.

By the numbers: 49% of Republicans who are millennials or younger say the federal government is doing too little to reduce the effects of climate change. That's compared to 38% of Republicans in Generation X and 25% of Republicans who are baby boomers and older.

  • The poll also shows generational divides among Republicans on conservation and wildlife protection.

The intrigue: "Among Democrats, there are hardly any gaps in views on these questions by generation or gender," Pew analysts note in the memo alongside the data.

Of note: The margin of error on the generational questions for Republicans is plus-or-minus 2.9% for boomers and older; 4% for Gen Xers, and 4.6% for millennials and younger.

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