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Why This Matters: If history is a guide, climate change will drive Latinos to vote in the caucuses and in the general election in Nevada this year. Latinos are generally younger and more engaged in climate change than any other racial or ethnic group, according to several recent studies. Nevadans came out in droves to support pro-environment and pro-climate action candidates in 2018 and made a difference in several key races including Democratic Senator Jacky Rosen, who unseated her incumbent Dean Heller in and Democrat Steve Sisolak, who won the race for governor with barely 50 percent of the overall vote. Voters in the West, and in Nevada in particular, are increasingly want to see the federal government take action on fighting both climate change and pollution. Even mining on federal lands is overwhelmingly unpopular in most Western states according to the poll, while conserving 30% of the U.S. land and ocean by 2030 is very popular. Given President Trump’s policies, these issues could be the key to defeating him across the West.
The poll was taken by a non-partisan research team who conducted 3,200 telephone (cell and landline) interviews with 400 registered voters in eight states: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming on January 11-19, 2020, in Spanish and English, with an overall sampling error of +2.65% for the total sample and + 4.9% for each state. Here are the highlights.
Most Westerners consider themselves conservationists and they take a public official’s stance on the environment very seriously; nearly half say it is a primary factor when deciding to support a candidate.
By 72% and 73% respectively, women and voters of color are more apt to say there will be effects of climate change in their state than their counterparts.
Across the political spectrum, there is an increased sense that climate change is a serious problem, with independents’ sense of urgency increasing the most from 45% in 2011 to 65% in 2020.
Across the spectrum, Western voters see Climate Change, Water Supply, and Pollution as the top three environmental issues, but in a different order depending on political party.
Climate change is the most important environmental issue in Nevada, as well as in Montana, Wyoming, Arizona and New Mexico.
Uncontrollable wildfires, one impact of climate change, are considered a serious problem by four-in-five Westerners.
Seven-in-ten Western voters believe removing the Clean Water Act protections was a bad decision.
84% of Western voters consider pollution of rivers, lakes, and streams is a top concern.
67% of voters believe reducing the protections for threatened species under the Endangered Species Act was a “bad change” even in rural communities (57%).
Two-thirds want their Congressman to protect national public lands over allowing more drilling and mining.
73% support (43% strongly) setting a national goal to protect 30% of America’s land and ocean areas by 2030.
To Go Deeper: Read the full poll results — there is so much more there than we can detail. It is highly worth the time.
Thanks to some help from the Lincoln Project and self-inflicted wounds that have put Republican incumbent Senator Dan Sullivan on the defensive, in Alaska the challenger, Dr. Al Gross, an orthopedic surgeon, is making a strong run.
Why This Matters: The Pebble Mine project is opposed by a majority of Alaskans because of the harm it could cause to the extremely valuable Bristol Bay commercial salmon fishery, and to pristine Alaskan wilderness.
by Julia Pyper, Host/Producer, Political Climate At least 62 million Americans have already cast their ballots nationwide, with Election Day still more than 10 days away. Are environmental issues mobilizing voters? And could these environmental voters tip the scales in battleground states? In a high-stakes election for climate advocates, early voting data looks positive, according […]
It’s Halloween — a time when people think scaring each other is fun. But this year, we are afraid very, very afraid — of what might happen on global warming and the environment in the United States if Donald Trump, the Freddie Krueger of climate action and conservation, wins a second term in the election.Talk about a Nightmare on Elm Street.
It’s frightening to think about what our country will look like after four more years of Trump. But in the spirit of the season, let’s try to picture it.
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