American’s Views on Climate Changed After Spread of COVID-19 and the Killing of George Floyd


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Maxwell Bernstein | July 24, 2020

A poll from Gallup shows that 2% of Americans view climate change, pollution, and the environment as the most important issues facing the United States as of June 2020, wherein March 2020, about 5% of Americans viewed these issues as the most important issues facing the country. 

The top four problems facing the country today according to Americans are: (Percentage of Americans as of March 2020, Percentage of Americans as of June 2020)

  • The government/Poor leadership (27%, 21%)
  • Coronavirus/Diseases (13%, 20%)
  • Economic problems (13%, 19%)
  • Race relations/Racism (3%, 19%)

The rise of some of these issues comes after the spread of COVID-19 and the killing of George Floyd. Despite American’s views on environmental issues, 73% of rural western voters said that conservation issues were very or pretty important to them personally, as reported by Iowa Environmental Focus