Green New Deal Planks

Data for Progress partnered with a number of progressive groups in the environmental community, including the League of Conservation Voters, to conduct a nationwide test of local support for 18 different policy planks under consideration in the Green New Deal. This is the most sweeping test of support for the key items in the Green New Deal that has been conducted.

The data reveals that whatever corner of the county you're in, the public supports many of the major elements of the Green New Deal - including clean air and water, lead removal, upgrading buildings, land conservation and much more.  Each Senator or Member of Congress can see their own state-specific or district-specific support for each policy plank.

Methodology

Civis surveyed 8,410 individuals nationwide via its nationally representative web panels in May 2019, and weighted results to a projected 2020 electorate.Each person was asked support for each Green New Deal policy, and shown up to two messages relating to it: one attributed to supporters of the Green New Deal, and one attributed to opponents. The modeling of policy support here reflects two-way support, where the undecided population is excluded.

Wording:

We are going to show you a number of policies that could be a part of the Green New Deal. For each, please indicate whether you support or oppose the policy.

[Show each of 12-15 planks and arguments for/against, randomize order].

Do you support this policy?

1 - Support this policy

2 - Oppose this policy

3 - Not Sure

Planks:

  • Ensuring clean air and clean water for all people in the United States

  • Investing in infrastructure for zero-emission, 100% electric vehicles on our roads

  • Achieving 100% clean, renewable energy in time to mitigate the effects of climate change

  • Putting a price on carbon pollution

  • Guaranteeing a federal job to any adult who wants one

  • Removing lead from America’s water and infrastructure

  • Restoring and conserving lands and forests that help protect communities from climate change

  • Ending the United States’ reliance on fossil fuels both from domestic and international sources

  • Cleaning up hazardous waste and supporting economic development in polluted areas

  • Investing in fair and sustainable agriculture to support family farmers, reduce climate pollution, and ensure a healthy and reliable food supply

  • Boosting local manufacturing of the goods we need for a clean energy economy

  • Involve workers and communities impacted by pollution when developing new construction and climate infrastructure projects.

  • Prioritizing investments in low-income communities and communities of color that are disproportionately affected by pollution

  • Upgrading our homes and buildings to save energy and cut pollution

  • Investing in clean and affordable public transit for all

  • Investing in a community-led fund to prevent and withstand disasters related to climate change

  • Enacting a new model of trade agreements that supports strong environmental and labor standards

  • Building a “smart” power grid that saves energy and cuts pollution