While majorities of the US public view taking action on jobs (81%) and energy policy (67%) as important priorities for Congress, only 32% say it is very important for Congress to address climate change in the coming months, according to the Pew Research/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll.
The results on climate change, including 47% of Democrats, 29% of independents and 17% of Republicans, are consistent with earlier Pew polling that shows the public putting a relatively low priority on addressing climate change.
Other findings of the survey include:
81% say it is very important for Congress to address the job situation over the coming months, reflecting consistent concern among the public about the economy’s large job losses. There is no significant difference across party lines.
67% say it is very important for Congress to address the nation’s energy needs, including 75% of Democrats, 64% of independents and 61% of Republicans.
59% say that addressing immigration policy is very important, with Republicans 20 points more likely to say this than Democrats (69% vs. 49%).
13% say Congress is doing an excellent or good job, while 38% say it is doing only fair and 44% rate Congress’s job performance as poor. These ratings are largely unchanged from mid-March, when 17% said Congress was doing an excellent or good job.
Republicans and independents give Congress equally negative job ratings. Majorities of Republicans (57%) and independents (55%) say Congress does a poor job.
Just 10% say they have a lot of confidence that the government in Washington will make progress over the next year on the most important issues facing the country; 32% say they have some confidence, 31% say not much, and 25% say no confidence at all.
Separately, the National Research Council issued a set of three reports on climate change emphasizing why the US should act now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop a national strategy to adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change. (Earlier post.)