New Poll: Nine in 10 Latinos Support Action on Climate

01.28.14 LatinoFamily_OrigNine in 10 Latino voters favor taking action on climate change, according to poll results released last week by the NRDC and the polling firm Latino Decisions. The poll, which was recently featured in this Climate Progress article, found that 75 percent of Latinos said that it was “very to extremely important” for the government to take action to reduce climate change. While Republicans showed slightly lower support for climate initiatives than Democrats, Latinos showed strong support for action on climate change and other environmental issues across party lines, and regardless of class, country of origin, and generation in the U.S.
 
The poll also probed Latinos’ motivations for their support for environmental and climate issues. Results showed that Latinos are primarily motivated by a sense of duty to their children and grandchildren, as well as health concerns stemming from high pollution levels. A spokesperson for Latino Decisions, the firm that conducted the poll, said that pollsters had not seen “this degree of consistency and this high degree of support” among the Latino electorate on any other issue except immigration.
 

For Latino Voters, Climate Change Is Almost As Important An Issue As Immigration

By Katie Valentine, Special Assistant at Climate Progress
 
Latinos strongly support efforts to tackle climate change and protect the environment, a new poll has found.
 
The poll, which was completed for the NRDC by polling firm Latino Decisions, surveyed 805 registered Latino voters and found that about 9 out of 10 respondents favored taking action on climate change, with 92 percent calling for more use of renewable energy and 87 percent agreeing with limits on power plant pollution. Eighty-eight percent of respondents said that it was “extremely to very important” for the government to tackle air pollution, and 75 percent said it was “extremely to very important” for the government to take action on climate change.
 
That’s compared to a 2013 poll also done by Latino Decisions that found 78 percent of Latinos thought it was “very to extremely important” for Congress to pass an immigration bill with a path to citizenship in 2013.
 
Matt Barreto, co-founder of Latino Decisions, said on a press call Thursday that compared to Latino polling on health care, the economy, and education reform, support for climate and environment initiatives from the respondents was the highest he’d seen.
 
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