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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.
The Biden administration released its “skinny” post-election year budget plan for government spending next year and it included large increases for battling climate change and reversing environmental injustice, particularly as compared to the Trump administration’s drastic proposed cuts in these areas.
Why This Matters: These are big increases over the Trump administration’s proposals — for NOAA it would mean 50% more. But Congress never enacted those truly skinny budgets — they actually modestly increased or held most environmental spending steady.
As the Biden administration readies to enact an infrastructure plan, Congressional Republicans continue to lament that water pipes, EV chargers, and expanded railways “don’t count” as infrastructure. Yet, as Biden cabinet members have been saying: we need to expand our definition of infrastructure beyond roads and bridges to prepare our country for the future. As […]
Leading up to Earth Day and President Biden’s first Climate Summit on April 22, Gallup is releasing a series of environmental polls, and the latest has found that the opinion gap on climate change between Democrats and Republicans is only growing wider.
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