New Poll: Swing State Voters Demand Climate Action
With health professionals, faith leaders, and business leaders all voicing their support for climate action, it seems that mainstream Americans are getting the message. A recent poll conducted by Quinnipiac University found that voters in the key swing states of Colorado, Iowa, and Virginia agree by margins of 2-1 that climate change is caused by human activity, and that we should heed Pope Francis’ call to address climate change.
As this ClimateProgress article explains, while Democrats were more strongly in favor of climate action than Republicans, the margins between Republicans who agreed and disagreed was surprisingly narrow. And though less than half of voters said climate change was a moral issue, most strongly believe that it’s a real and urgent issue. This will put pressure on Presidential candidates to accept the existence of climate change and propose serious solutions to combat it.
By Emily Atkin, deputy editor for ClimateProgress
If Republican presidential candidates are looking to win votes in key swing states, they may want to change their tone on climate change.
A poll released Thursday by Quinnipiac University found that a majority of voters in Colorado, Iowa, and Virginia agree with Pope Francis that the world should increase efforts to combat the phenomenon, which scientists say is caused by carbon emissions. Those voters also overwhelmingly believe that climate change is caused by human activity, a fact that many Republican presidential candidates have so far been wary to address or accept.
Each of the three states’ voters agreed that climate action is needed by approximately 2-1 margins, with anywhere from 62 to 65 percent of voters agreeing and 25 to 31 percent disagreeing, depending on the state.
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