According to a poll, a clear majority of people believe that global warming will have a greater impact on humanity than Covid-19. This poll was conducted before the release of the Cop26 summit being held This weekend, Glasgow
The survey, carried out as part of a study into “eco-anxiety” by the Global Future thinktank in conjunction with the University of York, also finds that concern about global warming is almost as common among older and working-class people as it is among those who are young or middle-class. Overall, 78% reported some degree of eco-anxiety.
According to the authors of the report, their findings should be a warning to politicians who might believe that climate worries are too serious are confinedFor younger, middle-class and urban voters.
YouGov polled more than 2,100 people and found that 56% believe that climate change will have greater implications for the world then the coronavirus epidemic. This is a majority view across all age groups.
Climate change is a top priority for people of all ages and backgrounds across the UK.
Despite this widespread concern about the climate crisis – with some 42% of middle and upper-class people reporting high eco-anxiety against 39% of working-class voters – people lack faith in political leaders to act. 31% of those polled believe that the Klimawandel is real. Cop26Summit will have no or little effect. 32% of those surveyed believe it will have a moderate impact, while only 18% believe it to have a significant effect.
According to the polling, there was no significant difference in eco-anxiety between rich and poor. young and old,However, there are differences between men and females. About 45% of female participants reported high levels anxiety about climate change, while 36% of men reported the same.
Rowenna Davis, author of the report and director of Global Future, said: “Everyone – rich and poor, young and old, north and south, men and women – is suffering eco-anxiety. Cynical politicians who use wedge issues like petrol prices as a way to divide the public are not only wrong, but also making a strategic error.
“Whoever hopes to win the next election will need to win the ‘red wall’. This will require that voters respond to the concerns they actually have, rather than their perceptions. From our research, this must include a meaningful response to climate change.”
Pavlos Vasilopoulos, politics lecturer at the University of York, added: “These findings contest commonly held views that the environment is only an issue for the southern middle class. Instead, climate change appears to be becoming more similar to issues such as unemployment or crime, which are recognised as priorities by the majority and are used to evaluate government performance.”