Poll: Voters say U.S. is on the ‘wrong track,’ want climate solutions
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72% of voters think the country is headed in the wrong direction.

Nearly three-quarters of U.S. voters say the country is on the “wrong track,” according to a new poll from the Conservative Energy Network.

The annual national survey from CEN, a coalition of 24 state-based conservative clean energy organizations, asked 1,000 registered voters about clean energy, climate change solutions, market competition and other related policy issues.

Four in five voters told CEN that they think candidates should clearly state their views on clean energy and climate change issues.

But the results of a non-climate related question were front and center: 72% said the country is on the “wrong track.” CEN said that is an all-time high for the seven years it has conducted the survey and that voters’ pessimism will likely drive voters to the polls in droves.

Notably, CEN found Democrats and Republicans showed equally high levels of voter intensity, putting the battle for control of Congress and state legislatures in the hands of third- and no-party voters. Among independents, men are leaning toward Republican candidates and women are more likely to support Democrats.

The poll also found, for the first time ever, that a majority of voters (51%) support Republicans’ efforts to address climate change. That number is up 10% from the 2020 survey and CEN noted it followed the release of the House Republican Energy, Climate and Conservation Task Force’s policy recommendations.

Further, 78% of those polled support passage of the Growing Climate Solutions Act, a bill that passed the U.S. Senate with the support of 47 Republicans.

“Our survey results make clear that economic issues are at the top of voters’ minds as they cast their votes — and rightfully so,” said Tyler Duvelius, CEN director of external affairs.

“With 47% of Americans believing their electricity bills are higher than average, it is more important than ever that the United States embrace an all-of-the-above approach to energy policy. Our survey found that Americans want more emphasis placed on all forms of energy — particularly wind and solar power. More domestically produced energy will lower our electricity costs here at home and will forge America’s path to a clean energy future.”

Public Opinion Strategies conducted the poll Oct. 24-27 via an online survey. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.53 percentage points.

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  • Concerned

    November 4, 2022 at 4:52 am

    This article is misleading and very inaccurate. This publication is very right leaning. The climate bill had zero support from the Republican Senators but many of the states they are in will benefit. The GOP generally doesn’t care about other people, animals or the environment. And they have always pushed back against climate change. And in 2016 trump pullled out of the Parrish accord.. The GOP also is agains clean energy ie necessary steps to reduce emissions .

    • Paul Passarelli

      November 4, 2022 at 9:34 am

      I agree with part of what you wrote. The article is misleading, but not in the way you indicated.

      The sad fact that only 72% of the people have realized that the country is on the wrong track is disturbing, because that suggests that 28% of the people are wasting the oxygen in the air and needlessly contributing to Global Warming.

      • T. Dupont

        November 4, 2022 at 10:39 am

        Yes the 28% is the MAGA Republicans that have absolutely hurt this country in so many ways. Most of them are too much cowards to actually serve… yet they mouth off and theor leader incites violence and the insurection. Now you have the up and coming dictator Desantis who is even more authoritarian than Benito Mussolini!!! They are dangerous in every way imaginable.

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  • Tom

    November 4, 2022 at 8:13 am

    The GOP is a global security threat, a national security threat, and a public health and safety threat. Declare the GOP unconstitutional and ban this dangerous far right party.

    • Concerned

      November 4, 2022 at 8:21 am

      I couldn’t agree more. The GOP is the largest threat to this country and the world. Even though there are a few decent ones most are corrupt and dangerous

      • Paul Passarelli

        November 4, 2022 at 9:39 am

        You do realize that because of the neverending Fake Alias problem here on FP, those of us that have been here for a few turns know that you are talking to yourself.

        The fake “Tom” posting here is not the @Tom who despises the fakes as much as I do. And “Concerned” is only worried because the effectiveness of the George Soros funded trolling has diminished to almost zero.

        • marylou

          November 4, 2022 at 11:35 am

          three passports, a couple of visas..

        • Linwood Wright

          November 4, 2022 at 2:15 pm

          “George Soros funded trolling”
          LO F’ing LOL

          You people have your tinfoil hats on too tight. It’s choking the bloodflow to your brain.

  • Paul Passarelli

    November 4, 2022 at 9:42 am

    Peter, I hope you are enjoying your last few days in the spotlight, because in about 5 days this site is going to fade back into irrelevancy.

    Maybe you’ll do something about the Fake Aliases, because while it might make a bigger splash when everyone is looking this way, it really really kills your credibility as a serious journalist or publisher.


  • Concerned

    November 4, 2022 at 9:55 am

    Leave III to a mobster to endorse fascism. . It happened in Italy as well .

  • Communist Dan

    November 4, 2022 at 2:13 pm

    Of course it’s on the wrong path, and this is why I’m so happy the Republicans have overturned Roe v. Wade.

    Now, so many minorities and poor people will be forced to have kids they can’t afford. These kids will become radicalized against capitalism, and violent overthrow of this system will be achievable.

    It’s hilarious to watch.

    • marylou

      November 4, 2022 at 3:50 pm

      The white christian nationalist replacement theory nuts didn’t really think this through very well. lol

    • Paul Passarelli

      November 4, 2022 at 4:45 pm

      Nobody radicalises against Capitalism. They become malcontent with their inability to justify their own existence.

      It’s happened time and time again. But there is one crucial difference between the third world banana republics that went Socialist and destroyed themselves. The Second Amendment!

      I’ll let you draw your own conclusions and spin my words into Socialistic propaganda.

    • Paul Passarelli

      November 4, 2022 at 4:49 pm

      P.S. Enough with the Fake Aliases already.
      Either tell the readers who you are or STFU.
      Not that it matters, either way you’re a loser.

  • Yrral

    November 4, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    Just what Florida needed another Tropical Storm on Election day,will their be a do over, because of Tropical Storm Nicole Google Florida Tropical Storm

  • T Zinn

    November 5, 2022 at 8:20 am

    Paul has his undies in a wad. He’s an angry human who isn’t happy with life so he wants to blame and make false accusations. It’s to typical of the GOP. Lose and election cry foul. Someone disagrees w you fake alias. News that disagrees w you it’s fake news. Bad economy caused by trump pandemic it’s the Dems and Biden. The fact is the GOP does nothing , never has solutions except raise taxes, and blames the Dems or Biden. It shows their lack of intellect and cognitive function

    • Paul Passarelli

      November 5, 2022 at 5:31 pm

      Why am I confident that this is another Fake Alias? We’re supposed to believe that “T Zinn” is a longtime reader of FP and has *NEVER* posted until today? Gimme a break.

      I’d say catching you in one lie after another lie demonstrates that my intellect & cognitive function are intact, as are my arguments a lot stronger than your propaganda & insults.

      Instead of trying to destroy America why don’t you fix whatever shithole you crawled out of and tell your George Soros handlers to pull it over their ears as well.

  • T Zinn

    November 5, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    I decided to start posting because I started reading all the nonsense from the do nothing but complain GOP. You’re not a tough guy …

    • Paul Passarelli

      November 5, 2022 at 8:34 pm

      Sure you did. Using the Fake Aliases is bad enough, lying is worse. But please, keep doing that.

      They say no one is completely useless; they can always serve as a bad example. That’s why I love taunting Democrats. It’s so easy to get then to show their true colours.

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