Our partners at Climate Desk have an overview of a series of recent polls that lead to one conclusion: People are increasingly concerned about climate change. And "people" obviously means "undecided voters" -- since those are the people who count for the next 34 days.
The findings, in summary:
[I]t is not that any type of climate communication is a guaranteed win—just that it is far from a guaranteed loser. But that still leaves a growing disconnect between politicians' fear of the climate issue on the one hand, and emerging public opinion data on the other. "Democrats don't need to be as afraid of this issue as they are," says [Harstad Strategic Research pollster Andrew] Maxfield. From President Obama on down, if candidates who talk about climate change win in 2012, expect that situation to rapidly change.
For all of the optimism that climate and the environment will become a point of political leverage for candidates, it won't. And the reason is apparent if you dive a little deeper into the numbers.