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Poll: Dems Believe Climate Change Threatens US 'Well-Being' More than ISIS

Some people scoffed when Bernie Sanders compared climate change to terrorism at a Democratic presidential debate in November, just hours after the devastating terror attacks in Paris. Yet, a new poll from the Pew Research Center reveals that Democrats agree with him. Dangers to the environment, they suggested, deserve more attention than terrorism.

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The survey, conducted April 12 to 19 among 2,008 U.S. adults, found that 77 percent of Democrats believe global climate change is a major threat to the “well-being of the United States.” Incredibly, it was one percent more than Democrats who thought the same about ISIS.

As for Republicans, they have a vastly different view about the dangers we face. An overwhelming number, 91 percent, said ISIS was a major threat. Climate change barely landed on their radar - only 26 percent said it was a threat.

Secretary of State John Kerry was one of 175 world leaders to sign a climate deal in Paris this Earth Day, an agreement intended to reduce our carbon footprint by slowing the rise of greenhouse gases, meaning we can expect a slew of environmental regulations in the coming months. Many liberals praised the agreement, but conservative lawmakers like former presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) denounced the climate deal, wondering how the White House can ignore the threat of radical terrorists in their war on greenhouse gases.

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When it does come to protecting our national security, most participants in the Pew survey said the Republican Party does a better job in dealing with the terror threat at home than Democrats (46 percent to 37 percent.) 

Let’s see if this translates into the 2016 election results.

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