A new survey sponsored by NPR and PBS NewsHour indicates that almost about four out of 10 white evangelicals support the ideas behind the “Green New Deal” while 66 percent say they will definitely vote for President Donald Trump in 2020.
The survey was conducted by The Marist Poll and interviewed 1,346 adults nationwide from July 15 through July 17. Respondents were questioned about their views on the liberal-supported environmental stimulus package, as well as President Donald Trump, the Democrat 2020 candidates, and a number of hot-button political issues.
Sixty-three percent of all respondents said they think “a Green New Deal to address climate change by investing government money in green jobs and energy-efficient infrastructure” is a “good idea.” Meanwhile, 32 percent of respondents said they think such a deal is a “bad idea.”
The Green New Deal is a controversial economic stimulus package proposed by progressive Democrats that hopes to address the effects of climate change. The framework for the proposal was initially posted on the website of House Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez earlier this year.
Among many things, the plan calls for large investments in upgrading infrastructure in an effort to drastically reduce greenhouse gases and pollution while creating new high-paying jobs in the clean energy sector.
Ocasio-Cortez sponsored a “Green New Deal” resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives, while Massachusetts Democrat Edward Markey introduced a similar resolution in the U.S. Senate. The plan has been criticized by moderate Democrats as well as many conservatives who say the plan could cost tens of trillions of dollars.
Although white evangelical Christians have gained a reputation as being mostly conservative Trump supporters, the survey finds that a significant minority (40 percent) of white evangelicals (who comprised about 19 percent of the sample) said they think the Green New Deal to address climate change is a “good idea.”
Fifty-one percent of white evangelicals, however, indicated that they think such a plan is a “bad idea.”
When broken down by party affiliation, 86 percent of Democrats said that the plan is a “good idea,” while only 26 percent of Republicans said the same thing. Sixty-seven percent of Republican respondents said a Green New Deal to address climate change is a “bad idea.”
The survey result drew the attention of Climate Desk, a journalistic collaboration seeking to explore the impact of climate change.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith