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Graphs below show how climate change has become a partisan political issue. Opinions of Democrat & Republicans were quite similar in early 90’s. Interesting to see interactions of political affiliation and socioeconomic status of the respondents.

Data are drawn from PEW Social Survey merged file (

  • Q1: There needs to be stricter laws and regulations to protect the environment
  • Q2: People should be willing to pay higher prices in order to protect the environment

Both questions are asked on a 4-point scale : Completely agree, Mostly agree, Mostly disagree, Completely disagree Figure plots % of respondents who say Completely agree, Mostly agree

Wording of Questions: