Majority of Americans say we should do whatever it takes to protect the environment
A new survey titled "Beyond Red vs. Blue: The Political Typology" (pdf) from the Pew Resarch Center shows that public support for the environment and alternative energy sources is strong on both sides of the political scale in America.
When it comes to the question about energy priorities for America there is a strong consensus. A majority wants the US to invest in renewable energy sources such as wind, hydrogen and solar instead of expanding the oil, natural gas and coal sector.
Some findings that didn't really surprise anyone was the result that right-wing libertarians and conservatives doesn't like environmental regulations while being more supportive of corporations. While 39% of the general public agree with the statement that "stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy" as many as 79% of libertarians agree on that.
The only ones who rather want to see more investments in the fossil fuel industry than the development of renewable energy sources are "staunch conservatives". Libertarians also misses a majority agreement on this issue.
When it comes to the question of global warming you can still, unfortunately, see that it "remains a deeply partisan issue". A majority of the public says there is evidence that the global temperature is rising and that the climate is changing.
But what is more interesting, and satisfying to read, is that 71% of Americans believe the USA "should do whatever it takes to protect the environment". And 59% believe strongly in that.