Many political and policy issues stretch across generations, as decisions made by voters and leaders today can have an impact for decades to come. The situation the next generation will inherit—the fiscal shape of our nation’s benefits programs, the safety of the world in which we live—is determined by choices made today.
Perhaps no issue is so clearly generational as that of the environment.
This report examines the results of an opinion research study on this and other issues, including a survey of 800 registered voters age 18-35, as well as a set of focus groups conducted of young center-right adults in Charlotte, NC during January 2017. The research dives into where millennials—roughly speaking, those born in the 1980s and 1990s—stand on the environment, what they believe should and shouldn’t be done to protect the environment, and what they think can and can’t be done to address the issue of climate change.