Younger generations are more concerned with climate change than coronavirus

Jamie BallardData Journalist
August 20, 2021, 1:00 PM UTC

As coronavirus and climate change both continue to impact American communities (often simultaneously), a similar percentage of Americans see one or the other as a more urgent concern.

In a YouGov poll of more than 12,000 US adults, 36% say they are more concerned about the impact that climate change will have on humanity, while 34% are more concerned about the impact of coronavirus. One in five (21%) are not worried about either issue.  

There are some generational divides around these topics. Baby Boomers (born 1946 – 1964) and Gen X (born 1965 – 1981) are both more worried about coronavirus (40% Baby Boomers, 37% Gen X) than climate change (31% and 32%). Millennials (born 1982 – 1999) are far more likely to be concerned about the impacts of climate change (43%) rather than coronavirus (28%). Adult members of Gen Z (born in 2000 or later) are also more worried about climate change (50%) rather than coronavirus (22%).  

 
 
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Methodology12,115 US adults were surveyed August 12 – 15, 2021. The responding samples are weighted to be representative of the country’s population.