WASHINGTON – Nearly half of U.S. voters support a recently unveiled proposal to combat the effects of climate change known as the Green New Deal, according to a poll released Wednesday.
The Morning Consult/Politico poll found that 48 percent of the respondents said they support the proposal and 20 percent said they do not. Meanwhile, 24 percent said they are not sure if they support the proposal.
The poll found that 72 percent of Democrats said they support the proposal, compared with 25 percent of Republicans and 44 of independent voters.
Among those who support the proposal, 37 percent said it should not focus on issues that do not relate to climate change.
The sampling included 1,914 registered voters and was carried out Feb. 15-19. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
Earlier this month, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) introduced non-binding resolutions that call for the U.S. to abandon fossil fuels and complete the transition to renewable energy by 2029.
Other tenants of the plan call for universal health care and universal basic income.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has suggested she believes the proposal is unrealistic.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has agreed to bring the resolution up for a floor vote in hopes of forcing Democrats to state their position on the record.