Despite the Democrats’ doom-and-gloom Green New Deal messaging, outside the Democratic base, Biden’s energy proposals have gotten a lukewarm reception. Overall, voters, by a 50 percent to 29 percent margin, believed the statement that a Biden executive order banning new fracking on federal lands and pausing oil and gas exploration would make it difficult for the U.S. to be energy independent. Even 46 percent of Democrats agreed.
With 11,000 jobs on the line, voter attitudes about the Biden administration’s decision to stop the Keystone pipeline (40 percent support to 41 percent oppose), with Democrats backing the decision (64 percent to 12 percent) but independents opposing it (33 percent to 42 percent) along with Republicans (20 percent to 70 percent), is anything but unifying.
On the Biden statement that combating climate change would lead to 1 million new jobs in the automobile industry, Democrats believed him 59 percent to 17 percent, but independents (28 percent to 39 percent) and Republicans (22 percent to 58 percent) didn’t.
We also tested climate czar John Kerry’s rationale that people who have lost jobs in the oil, gas and coal industries will eventually get better-paying jobs in clean energy industries.
Only Democrats tended to believe this (53 percent to 22 percent), while independents (26 percent to 41 percent) and Republicans (22 percent to 61 percent) didn’t. Interestingly, even within the Democratic Party there were skeptics: Liberal Democrats believed this (64 percent to 14 percent) much more than moderate Democrats (44 percent to 28 percent).