NEW POLL: Democrats Must Meet Voter Demands for Bold Climate Action that Invests In Clean Energy
Washington, D.C. – Amidst Senate discussions of a new energy package that are expected to continue tonight, brand new polling by Climate Power and Data for Progress reveals Americans’ desire for Congress to focus on passing strong climate action. In recent weeks President Biden has called for the clean energy tax credits that passed the House last November to get through the Senate and to his desk. The poll makes clear that the majority of voters don’t want more delays, they want to see the Senate majority move now to pass climate action that lowers prices and reduces America’s dependence on oil.
“The Senate has an opportunity to spurn Big Oil war profiteers and pass climate action that creates jobs and lowers costs for struggling families,” said Noreen Nielsen Senior Advisor to Climate Power. “There is no more need for debate or conversations. Americans want results and they want senators to move immediately to finish legislation we know will make the U.S. truly energy independent by turbocharging the building of the country’s clean energy economy.”
In a wake up call for Senate Democrats, the new poll, conducted by Data for Progress in partnership with Climate Power, found 74 percent of voters say it is “very” or “somewhat” important that Congress take action to address the energy crisis by investing in clean energy. This includes 94 percent of Democrats, 74 percent of Independents, and 54 percent of Republicans.
The poll also found that support for clean energy will help Democrats in the midterms. Nearly half of all voters (46 percent), including 75 percent of Democrats and 45 percent of Independents, say they would be more likely to vote for Democrats in the midterms if they pass a bill to expand domestic clean energy production. Over half of Democrats say that passage would make them much more likely to vote.
The new poll also found that voters across party lines support Congress making investments to expand domestic clean energy production. Three-quarters of voters (75 percent) support such action, including 90% of Democrats, 77% of Independents, and 57% of Republicans.
A more detailed breakdown of the survey’s findings and charts can be found here.