Nearly 60 percent of likely voters think fossil fuel companies “should be held responsible and pay damages for their deception and the harms caused by climate change,” according to a poll released Tuesday by Data for Progress.
In the survey, which was conducted for the climate newsletter HEATED, Data For Progress asked 1,303 likely voters about their support for climate change-related lawsuits.
“Perhaps the most surprising part about today’s poll is that support for oil company accountability cuts across party lines,” wrote Emily Atkin, author and founder of HEATED.
“Forty-six percent of Republicans support holding oil companies responsible for climate impacts and science deception, while 38 percent oppose it,” Atkin wrote, adding that 61 percent of Republicans under the age of 45 support holding fossil fuel companies accountable, compared to 39 percent of those over 45.
The survey was prompted by lawsuits recently filed by the attorneys general of Minnesota and Washington D.C. against Exxon, three Koch Industries entities and the American Petroleum Institute and ExxonMobil, BP, Chevron, and Shell respectively. Both suits accuse the oil giants of deceiving consumers about climate change risks and engaging in a coordinated decades-long campaign to mislead the public.