Seventy percent of people participating in a new poll believe climate change is real, and more than 40 percent consider it to be a very serious problem.
But the Monmouth University poll showed a huge partisan divide among Republicans and Democrats about climate change. The poll shows 85 percent of Democrats think climate change is real compared to just 49 percent of Republicans.
There's also a split about the main causes of climate change. According to the poll, 27 percent of those who responded believe human activity is the main driver of climate change. Thirty-four percent say human activity and natural changes in the environment are equally contributing to climate change.
Many scientists believe the burning of fossil fuels, and the subsequent release of greenhouse gases, is driving climate change and the warming of the planet.
The poll shows a partisan divide on how serious of a threat Republicans and Democrats consider climate change.
Of those polled, 81 percent of Democrats consider climate change a very serious or somewhat serious threat, while just 37 percent of Republicans believe the same thing.
"The data exposes the extent to which this has become a partisan political issue in the U.S. rather than a scientific issue," said Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute Director Tony MacDonald in a statement. MacDonald served as a co-organizer of the Dec. 4 Oceans Day at the Paris climate talks.
"The compelling science of climate change led to the historic agreement in Paris and the commitment of all nations participating to work together to stem the rise of global warming, increase the use of renewable energy, and increase financing for mitigation and adaptation actions," he said.
According to the poll, 64 percent think the government should do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that lead to climate change, and 26 percent were against doing more. Democrats and independents are heavily in favor of government action, and the majority of Republicans are against it.
As for the consequences of climate change, 47 percent believe sea level rise will be a problem for the United States as it is for other countries.
In addition, 62 percent of those polled believe sea level rise will affect the whole country and not just the coastal states. A majority of those polled believe sea level rise will have an effect on the environment where they live.
The poll was done between Dec. 10 and Dec. 13 of 1,006 adults. It has a margin or error of 3.1 percent.