End of Year 2023 – Climate

Religious Americans Value Environmental Stewardship, Though Views on the Urgency of Climate Change are Deeply Polarized by Party

This year, PRRI released a new national survey of Americans’ attitudes on climate change, which finds that most Americans believe that environmental shifts are caused by human activity such as burning fossil fuels. However, the partisan divide is stark; more than eight in ten Democrats (83%) say climate change is caused by humans, compared with 28% of Republicans.

At The Washington Post, Yonat Shimron reported that Americans’ views on the urgency of climate change have remained about the same over the past decade. PRRI’s survey finds that roughly one-third of Generation Z and millennials see climate change as a crisis — compared with around two in ten members of Generation X, baby boomers, and the Silent Generation.

At Newsweek, Anna Skinner reported that the survey found the percentage of Americans who believe that the Earth is approaching the “end of times” has fallen even as natural disasters are stronger and more frequent. Axios and Deseret News also covered the report’s findings, noting that race and religion lead to persistent divisions on views of climate change’s causes.

PRRI CEO Melissa Deckman wrote in The Hill about what the survey’s findings mean for the potential for religion to bridge the partisan divide on climate change. While the report finds noticeable differences in support for policies to combat climate change across different religious traditions, Deckman notes that the majority of religious Americans support what some religious leaders refer to as “creation care.” This includes 80% of white evangelical Protestants and 84% of Latter-day Saints — two of the country’s largest Republican constituencies.

Religion and Climate Across the Headlines in 2023:

Inside Climate News: Religious Leaders May Be Key to Breaking Climate Action Gridlock


Environmental Faith Groups Laud Pope’s Climate Exhortation

Washington Post:

A New Measure of the Political-Cultural Gap on Climate Change

Latin Times:

Does Religion Play a Role in Latinos’ Views on Climate Change?


Only 10% of Latter-Day Saints See Climate Change as a Crisis

Religion Unplugged:

What Different Faith Traditions Believe About Climate Change