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40 Percent of White Evangelicals Support the Green New Deal, Survey Finds

  • Amanda Casanova

    Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and…

  • Updated Aug 05, 2019

About four in 10 white evangelicals say they support the “Green New Deal,” according to a survey from NPR and PBS NewsHour.

The survey of more than 1,300 people also found that 66 percent would “definitely” vote for President Donald Trump in 2020.

On the Green New Deal, a plan that would address climate change with green initiatives, 63 percent of respondents said they thought it was a “good idea.” Thirty-two percent said the plan was a “bad idea.”

The Green New Deal is a plan by Democrats that would help climate change issues. The plan includes investments in energy-efficient buildings and infrastructure and creating new jobs in the clean energy industry.

House Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) introduced the Green New Deal resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives, while senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts (D-MA) introduced a similar resolution in the U.S. Senate.

Both conservatives and moderate Democrats who say the initiatives would cost tens of trillions of dollars have criticized the plans.

The survey also found that 40 percent of white evangelicals in the poll said they think the Green New Deal is a “good idea.” Among white evangelicals, 51 percent said the plan was a “bad idea.”

"In the 2016 presidential election, 81 percent of white evangelical Christians voted to elect President Trump. But this core base of the Republican Party is more receptive to large-scale action to combat climate change than you might expect," Climate Desk, a media organization, said in response to the poll.

When looking at party affiliation, 86 percent of Democrats called the plan a “good idea.” Only 26 percent of Republicans said the same.

On the re-election of Trump, 66 percent of white evangelicals said they would definitely vote for him in 2020, while 26 percent said they would definitely vote against him.

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