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Climate Change and Poverty

Sponsor: Faith in Public Life and Oxfam America
Released: 2009-04

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More than 6-in-10 (61%) believe dealing with climate change now will create new jobs and help avoid more serious economic problems in the future. Majorities of every religious group agree.

Nearly 7-in-10 (69%) Americans and similar numbers of Catholics and evangelicals agree that climate change is making it harder for the world’s poorest people to support their families by causing increased drought and crop failure.

Approximately three-quarters of the general public and similar numbers of Catholics and evangelicals favor helping the world’s poorest people adapt to food and water shortages caused by rising global temperatures.

More than two-thirds (67%) of Americans (and 66% of Catholics and 61% of white evangelicals) agree that reducing global poverty would increase stability in the most dangerous parts of the world and make Americans safer.

Sixty-three percent of Americans say the federal government should be doing more on the issue of climate change, as do 63% of Catholics and 50% of white evangelicals.