Surprise: ‘Climate Change’ Is Barely An Issue For Midterms

For all the caterwauling about the Doooooooom coming from anthropogenic climate change, it is almost always a tiny issue during actual election seasons. This one isn’t any different


Democratic messaging on climate change has been stunted throughout the midterm election cycle, and most candidates are turning to other issues to connect with voters, The New York Times reports.

Health care and the economy consistently top polls of key issues and social security, immigration and guns usually perform well too. Climate change, energy and the environment are almost always counted among the least important issues to voters deciding who to support.

Of 161 potentially competitive congressional races, just a “handful” of Democrats have released campaign ads, either on television or the internet, that talk prominently of climate change and energy issues, Climate Nexus’s in-house database shows, according to TheNYT.

“Until voters in the U.S. perceive this as a quite imminent threat, it’s liable to remain mired in the middle of all the other issues,” Climate Nexus executive director Jeff Nesbit, whose group is dedicated to communicating climate change threat, told TheNYT.

The article points out that people like Tom Steyer and Al Gore have donated millions and millions on the subject, and, just like in previous elections, that money has been wasted.

Highly publicized environmental activism and data has not translated into widespread concern for broader issues of climate change, energy or the environment as far as elections go. The top issues of registered voters are immigration and health care, according to a June poll by The Pew Research Center. Immigration most interested 19 percent of registered voters and health care is the key issue for 13 percent.

In a survey in which one of seven broad topics voters were most interested in for the 2018 midterms, energy issues never performed better than 5 percent by any metric and was often the least supported key issue, other than issues that fall into the obscure eighth category of “other,” according to an April survey by Morning Consult.

So, pretty much no one cares. Not even Democrats. As Anthony Watts notes

In close races, speaking on climate change might motivate conservative voters to turn out against Democratic candidates rather than encouraging Democratic voters to cast their ballots, according to The New York Times.

About the only election I can think of where ‘climate change’ was bigly on the ballot was the 2012 Queensland, Australia election, where the ruling party who was passing ‘climate change’ laws and rules and such lost so badly that they didn’t have enough seats left to be considered a recognized political party afterwards. Pushing taxes/fees, measures that will raise people’s cost of living, and measures that limit people’s liberty aren’t winning issues.

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4 Responses to “Surprise: ‘Climate Change’ Is Barely An Issue For Midterms”

  1. Liljeffyatemypuppy says:

    It begins…

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Thursday shows that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-nine percent (49%) disapprove.


  2. Jl says:

    But the “ tipping point” is near…!

  3. Mangoldielocks says:

    Was watching some man on the street interviews and the amount of IVE never voted before and gonna vote for the GOP candidate was staggering. These people had never voted before. They were asking informed independents who said they are going to carefully weight their decisions and could not say if they were gonna vote dem or repub but when asked what will happen if the democrats win back the house and senate the reply was almost universal…..the government grinds to a halt and they spend the next two years obstructing and doing nothing but investigating more Russians.

    In short even though the generic polling has the dem up 5 percent I think these people I saw who were gonna vote didnt even own phones. The rednecks are coming out of the woodwork this election just like last election. One redneck said I aint no racists and my buddies aint no racist…hell we hang out with our black bros at the bar.

    A narrative designed to fear monger that block of reliable dems to always vote for the ever loving Dems who declined to vote for an infrastructure bill to help inner cities. Yeah Dems really love black people. A LOT.

  4. Mangoldielocks says:

    If you watch You Tube their are 1000’s of videos by professors and scientists debunking AGW. A lie told often enough becomes the truth and the reverse is starting to work. The bazillion times the AGW says its true is met with a bazillion times that says its a lie. The end result is MOVE ALONG, NOTHING MORE TO SEE HERE.

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