- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said last week that some young people are concerned about having children given the threat climate change could pose to future generations.
- The comments drew intense media attention and some pundits called the comment “fascistic.”
- But a new INSIDER poll found that nearly a third of Americans — and about 38% of those between 18-29 years old — believe a couple should consider the negative effects of climate change when deciding whether or not to have children.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made headlines last week when she suggested that some young Americans are concerned about having children because of the threat that climate change could pose to future generations.
“Our planet is going to hit disaster if we don’t turn this ship around … there’s scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult,” Ocasio-Cortez said during an Instagram livestream. “And even if you don’t have kids, there are still children here in the world, and we have a moral obligation to leave a better world for them.”
So, the 29-year-old New York progressive went on, young people are grappling with the question: “Is it OK to still have children?”
A new INSIDER poll conducted on SurveyMonkey Audience found that nearly 30% of Americans either strongly agree, agree, or somewhat agree that a couple should consider the negative and potentially life-threatening effects of climate change when deciding whether or not to have children. Just over 8% of Americans strongly agreed that climate change should be a consideration.
Just over 40% of Americans said they either somewhat disagree, disagree, or strongly disagree that climate change should play a role in the decision to have children. About 18% of Americans strongly disagreed that the future impacts of climate change should be considered by would-be parents.
22% of respondents said they neither agreed nor disagreed and 7% said they did not know.
Young people are more likely to consider climate change