WASHINGTON—A majority of voters believe that climate change has at least partially contributed to the hurricanes that have hit the U.S. this month, according to a Morning Consult/POLITICO poll released Wednesday.
When asked “how much did climate change contribute to recent natural disasters, such as hurricanes that impacted parts of Texas and Louisiana?”, 34 percent said “a lot” and 27 percent said “some.”
In contrast, 9 percent said “not much,” 12 percent said “not at all” and 18 percent said they do not know or have no opinion.
When asked “how concerned are you with the issue of climate change and the affect it’s having on the U.S. environment?”, 41 percent said that they were “very concerned,” 26 percent said “somewhat concerned,” 15 percent said “not too concerned” and 10 percent said that they were “not concerned at all.”
Nine percent said they did not know or had no opinion.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt told CNN last week that the emphasis for the federal government should be focusing on immediate disaster relief rather than the cause of the hurricanes.
“To have any kind of focus on the cause and effect of the storm; versus helping people, or actually facing the effect of the storm, is misplaced,” Pruitt said.
Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert told reporters on Monday that the administration is taking the effects of climate change, but not the cause, into account.
“I will tell you that we continue to take seriously the climate change — not the cause of it, but the things that we observe,” Bossert said.
Trump has not stated whether or not he believes climate change contributed to the recent storms.
Wednesday’s poll was conducted among 1976 registered voters between September 7 and 11. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.