The Left often tries to argue that they are the clear majority in this country (despite another poll showing the very few number of liberals in this country) and that what they think about and the way they think about those things are what the vast majority of Americans think about and the way they think about them. For example, they believe the vast majority of Americans want to get rid of the 2nd amendment and often lose nights of sleep because of this “issue” in our Constitution. That is, of course, nowhere close to true, but this is how the Left operates.
So it is no surprise that they would believe that the vast majority of Americans are deeply concerned with the state of our planet and what we are “doing” to it. They believe that if their candidates run on the “issue” of climate change, that they are practically guaranteed to win most seats and most states in the country because oh, so many people must be just as concerned about it as they are and are willing to rid themselves of all their rights and freedoms to give to the government so that they can “come up with a solution” to the “climate emergency” or “climate crisis” or whatever else these commies are calling it.
However, reality is VERY far from what the Left says it is (not that that should come as a surprise to anyone. When has the Left ever been right about anything?).
According to a Pew Research Center poll, 44% of Americans told Pew that “dealing with global climate change” should be a top priority for Trump and Congress to tackle. On its own, that seems like a fairly decent number of people and like what I was saying up to this point was entirely wrong, right? Well, it would appear as such on its own, but definitely not when compared to other issues.
You see, Pew Research Center gives surveyors a list of issues or topics to rank on a priority scale.
Here are the other topics that Pew gave to surveyors:
“Dealing with global climate change” squeezes in between improving roads, bridges and public transport and dealing with global trade issues, at 44%. That puts it in 17th place out of 18 total places for it to go.
Of course, there is also the “protecting the environment” issue much higher, but that’s not strictly a Leftist thing. People on both sides of the aisle want to protect the environment because we know that we can affect it greatly. What we can’t affect is the weather, which is what the Left and the native Americans of old believe(d). What we can’t affect is our GLOBAL climate. We can affect our local ecosystems, environment, etc. Just look at the literal craphole San Francisco and L.A. are turning into. But we can’t affect the global climate and people understand that other things ought to be prioritized more.
By the way, I say “people” on both sides of the aisle to mostly talk about everyday Americans. It’s clear that the Left, as in the elected Left and those aspiring to run for office, do not care one wit about the environment, given the state of some of their cities. The fact the EPA hasn’t sued San Francisco for its roads made of crap is astonishing. But everyday Americans do tend to care for the environment and do not wish to harm it, regardless of what side of the political aisle they are on. So the fact that “protecting the environment” is higher than some of the other ones isn’t necessarily good news for the Left since they don’t own that talking point, at least not anymore (and again, they aren’t doing much of that anyway).
People want to take care of the environment, with some even naively believing they can do something about global climate change, but most wouldn’t go to the extremes the Left wants to take us to. What this poll shows us is just how much more the economy and other topics are to the average person than turning this country into a socialist one to deal with a nonexistent threat.
Virtually every elected Democrat in this day and age wants to foundationally change the very system that has made America great in order to “fight climate change”. It’s stupid both in terms of effectiveness (it wouldn’t do a darn thing to help “fight” climate change and it would likely hurt the environment far more than help it, given their insane obsession over getting rid of CO2, which is essential for all life on Earth) and in terms of it being a selling point, as we can clearly see.
The VAST majority of Americans don’t want to turn this country into a socialist hellhole just to try to “fight” something that isn’t even a man-made issue at all. People want to prioritize the economic well-being of this country because when the country does well financially, so do most people. They want to focus on reducing healthcare costs because, after a decade of Obamacare, it’s clearly not been the “affordable care” that has been promised, not even a little.
They want to fix the education system because kids are learning useless things (I have yet to put into use my knowledge of the Pythagorean theorem or the fact that the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell in any real life situation) that they largely won’t have to use in the real world unless they specifically go into professions that require such knowledge (knowing the aforementioned things I learned in school WOULD have been useful if I decided to become a mathematician or a scientist, but I am neither of those things and never will be).
They want to make sure that this country is safe from terrorism, want to ensure that Social Security doesn’t screw people, want to fix the costly Medicare system, want to help the poor and the needy (very Biblical, even if they do not recognize it), protect the environment, deal with a broken and abused immigration system that makes it far too easy for people to get in and many, many other things.
That’s not to say that they don’t care about climate change at all. But they definitely do not want to sacrifice things like economic well-being and security, which they would have to (even if not told) if they were to sign on to the radical Leftist ideals of the Green New Deal and other socialist schemes to strip people of their rights and their liberties.
This poll tells us that running on a campaign of “we’re going to save the planet” is not a big-time seller for most people. Running on the things Trump tends to run on, like economic well-being, is more important to the average voter than “let’s start eating roaches to protect the Earth”.
And by the way, this isn’t the only year that this line item has ranked so low on that poll. The poll began to ask about global warming in 2007, when it also ranked second-to-last. From 2008 to 2013, it ranked dead last, in 2014 and 2015, it climbed back up to second-to-last and in 2016, when Pew began to refer to it as “global climate change”, the topic did the best it ever has at an impressive… third-to-last. And in the years following, it has ranked second-to-last time and again.
This has never been a major selling point for Democrats, no matter what they believe, no matter what kind of climate puppet they prop up, no matter how many hours Leftist cable news spend on talking about how “we are killing our planet” and how it’s “literally on fire”. People are concerned (more than they should be, given the farce that this entire thing is), but won’t go full-on communist, giving up everything they own for “the better good”, and that isn’t a good thing for Democrats, especially going into 2020.
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