Pssst – Even Most Republican Voters Like the Green New Deal

Have you heard about the Green New Deal, a radical/practical/essential legislative overhaul of American energy consumption championed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? Most Americans still have no clue what it is, but it’s instantly immensely popular amongst those who hear about it– and yes, that includes most Republicans.

Sign the Care2 petition – Democrats, get on board for the Green New Deal

A survey conducted through Yale University found that pretty much everyone (81 percent!) is on board with a plan to jumpstart the economy and tackle environmental problems. Here’s a further breakdown by political perspective of people who either “strongly” or “somewhat” support the Green New Deal:

  • 92 percent of Democrats
  • 88 percent of independents
  • 75 percent of moderate Republicans
  • 57 percent of conservative Republicans

Hold up – if even the resolute conservatives are on board, this plan should be a slam-dunk, right?

There is one major catch. Pollsters outlined the plan to voters without ever mentioning Ocasio-Cortez’s name. The rightwing media has been out in force demonizing the congresswoman-elect before she’s even sworn in, so you’d have to imagine the numbers – amongst Republicans anyway – would take a hit if they knew the idea was in any way attached to her.

That’s not to put all the blame on the political right. The Democrats have to get their own house (or should I say House) in order first. Thanks to the Green New Deal’s popularity with the public, Democratic lawmakers who say they’ll back the plan have grown in number, but it still falls well short of a sufficient swell of support to make it a reality.

Congress has been re-energized with a new crop of progressives in the 2018 blue wave, but they’re joining a bunch of long-time incumbents with an old-school mentality. They’re accustomed to making moderate compromises on the environment rather than changes that will be meaningful, and a lot of them, Democrats included, are still reliant on fossil fuel donors.

We tell ourselves we live in a representative democracy, but if our elected officials actually represented our interests, there’d be all sorts of issues with overwhelming bipartisan (voter) support that would have been taken care of by now. Unfortunately, Green New Deal is one of those things that’s both popular and makes a lot of sense, but that legislators aren’t going to seriously entertain.

While President Donald Trump has pointed to massive protests in France as evidence that taking climate action is unpopular, the Green New Deal addresses that gap by intrinsically tying a rapid shift to renewable energy with jobs and economic growth. As Ocasio-Cortez contends, it’s not just about saving the planet, it’s about doing it in a way that Americans experience prosperity simultaneously.

Take Action

The current pace at which we tackle environmental policies will not do the trick against climate change. We need a deliberate, rapid plan that keeps the country economically secure. That’s why we’re signing this Care2 petition calling on Speaker Nancy Pelosi to rally the troops to support the Green New Deal. This should be a main platform of the party, and given its apparent popularity, it’s the kind of platform that will help win elections.

61 comments

Sophie A
Sophie A5 days ago

thanks

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Anna R
Anna R8 days ago

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Gino C
Gino C11 days ago

thanks for posting

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Chad A
Chad A24 days ago

Thank you.

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Ruth S
Ruth S25 days ago

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Ruth S
Ruth S25 days ago

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Brian F
Brian F26 days ago

(Continued) people have. The fact is that if you go to Bernie Sanders website, Medicare for all is payed for by slightly higher taxes that are more than offset by lower premiums. So when people question how much Medicare for all will cost, they are not really looking at any facts.

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Brian F
Brian F26 days ago

The USA pays billions for it's wars in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Syria, but it can't pay for Medicare for all. That's the logic that many

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan B26 days ago

Mark,
That is just like the polls claiming that a vast majority want Medicare for all. That is true, until they are asked to pay for it. Then the numbers drop dramatically. I suspect this will be similar. Abstract ideas sound great, until the details emerge.

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Brian F
Brian F26 days ago

Mark Pitts Over 52% of Republicans support Medicare for all. It would lower premiums for everybody, and provide healthcare to everyone. Overall over 70% support Medicare for all. I suggest you go to the Bernie Sanders website, and educate yourself about Medicare for all.

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