Paris Climate Accord
One of the differences between candidates Trump and Biden was their opinion on the Paris Climate Accord: under Trump’s presidency the US left the accord, while under a Biden presidency, the US will re-enter the accord.
We conducted a survey to learn what our users think of the Paris Climate Accord. The answers that our users could choose from can roughly be summarized as:
- We should rejoin and adhere fully to it.
- We should rejoin and adhere to it similar to how other large economies adhere to it.
- We should rejoin, but balance adherence with economic interests.
- We should not rejoin.
- We should never have joined.
Overall there is an approximate 70% majority who wish to rejoin. Still there is a significant minority of approximately 30% who would like us to stay out of the Paris Accord.
There is a divide between those with higher incomes, who more strongly support re-entering the Paris Accords, than those with lower incomes, who likely fear that this may have a negative economic impact.
There is a clear partisan divide on this issue, with a large majority of Republicans (73%) rejecting the Paris Accords, while over 90% of Democrats would like to rejoin.
As joining or not is an action a President can take without Congressional support (ratifying it is a different matter), it is one of the areas where elections have consequences.