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Climate change matters to more and more people – and could be a deciding factor in the 2024 election

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🗞️ Driving the news: Matt Burgess discusses the increasing importance of climate change in American voters' decisions, suggesting its potential as a deciding factor in the 2024 election
• Despite climate change not being ranked as a top issue by most voters, its significance in influencing election outcomes, particularly in favor of Democrats, has been growing

🔭 The context: Utilizing survey data, Burgess' research highlights a trend where an increasing percentage of voters consider climate change important, correlating with stronger support for Democratic candidates
• The analysis estimates that climate change opinions could have shifted the 2020 vote margin significantly towards Biden

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The shift in voter opinion towards climate change underscores its emerging role in electoral politics, potentially shaping policy decisions and actions on environmental issues
• This shift also reflects a broader recognition of climate change's impacts on "kitchen-table issues" like health, the economy, and national security

⏭️ What's next: If current trends continue, climate change may offer even greater electoral advantages to Democrats in the 2024 election
• However, the overall outcome will depend on a variety of issues, including how both parties address climate policies and the electorate's broader concerns

📈 One stat: In 2020, 67% of voters rated climate change as “somewhat important” or “very important,” up from 62% in 2016

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