Politicians Should Mind the Climate Change Gap

By: Bruce Gyory

Over the last decade, two gaps have had a huge impact on American politics, especially here in New York state: the gender gap and the race gap. A third electoral gap is on the cusp of joining them – the climate change gap.

I coined the term “climate change gap” when I found it buried in the 2014 exit polling data, both nationally and here in New York state. According to those exit polls, voters by 57-41 percent nationally believed that global warming was a serious problem. Think of that 16 percent difference as the climate change gap.

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