NEW RESULTS: Voters in Nine Moderate House Districts Say Clean Energy, Climate Investments On Top of Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Are a Priority

Washington, D.C. A new survey conducted by Data for Progress in partnership with Climate Power reveals that voters in nine U.S. House districts represented by Democratic moderates cite additional investments in clean energy and climate change as a top priority. Voters also back passage of President Biden’s Build Back Better budget plan and would be significantly less likely to vote for a Congressional candidate who opposes the president’s agenda. Key votes on the budget resolution are expected in the next 36 hours. 

“These results prove that investing in America’s clean energy future is not only the right way forward — but the most popular one,” said Climate Power executive director Lori Lodes. “Climate Power calls on all House Democrats to put their voters first and make President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda a reality.” 

According to the survey’s findings among voters in nine key Congressional districts:

  • Nearly 2 out of 3 voters (65% to 35%) view additional climate and clean energy investments on top of the bipartisan infrastructure bill as an important priority. 
  • More than 6 in 10 voters (62%) support President Biden’s Build Back Better proposal, as outlined in the budget resolution.
  • By a 13-point margin, voters would be less likely to vote for a candidate for Congress who opposes the Build Back Better proposal that would expand Medicare beneGts, lower healthcare costs and prescription drug prices, expand access to affordable caretaking services for children and the elderly, take action to address climate change, create clean energy jobs, and reduce pollution.
  • By a 9-point margin, voters favor passing the Build Back Better plan even if no Republicans will support it.
  • President Biden enjoys a +7 net favorability rating. The Democratic Party is at +1 while the Republican party is underwater at -16 in these key districts. 

The nine districts surveyed are represented by the last remaining Democratic members who have withheld their support for the Senate-passed budget resolution: NJ-5 (Gottheimer), GA-7 (Boudreaux), TX-34 (Vela), ME-2 (Golden), TX-28 (Cuellar), TX-15 (Gonzalez), HI-1 (Case), CA-16 (Costa), and OR-5 (Schrader).

Topline survey results can be found here.

These findings are supported by the New Democrat Coalition’s endorsement of the Build Back Better agenda. The most prominent moderate group in the House of Representatives, the New Democrat Coalition’s support for the agenda underscores its favorability among moderate voters in key Congressional districts across the United States.