NEW POLLING: Voters Overwhelmingly Favor Transition To Clean Energy, Climate Is A Top Issue
Washington, D.C. — New polling released today confirms that voters overwhelmingly favor transitioning from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy and climate change remains a top issue among all voters with less than one week to go before Election Day.
As President Trump continues to crisscross the country and repeat lies about Vice President Biden’s clean energy and climate plan, polling shows Trump’s message is falling flat. Voters are increasingly concerned about the climate crisis and want elected officials to take bold climate action.
A Morning Consult/Politico poll taken in the days following the last presidential debate and released today found that 69% of voters support increasing the use of renewables as the country transitions from fossil fuels. An Economist/YouGov poll, also released today, found that climate is the number three issue among all voters and is the number two issue for Democrats and young voters age 18-29.
“Trump attacks on Biden’s bold plan to transition to a clean energy economy are not only misguided but also terrible politics,” said Climate Power 2020 Executive Director Lori Lodes. “Voters, including a majority of Republicans, support transitioning clean energy because they want action on climate and know that the transition will create millions of good-paying, union jobs. The politics of climate have changed, and voters clearly favor bold action over denial and inaction.”
The Morning Consult/Politico poll also found that a transition from fossil fuels toward renewables support is high regardless of where people live, with 74% of voters from urban communities, 70% of suburban voters, and 61% of rural voters in support. The policy is favored by voters across the political spectrum with 55% of Republicans, 83% of Democrats, and 68% of independents supporting.
The Economist/YouGov poll found that climate is a top-tier issue among the voters who have voted early in record numbers. Among 76% of respondents who have already voted and 70% of likely voters, climate change and the environment is very or somewhat important to them. The poll also found that interest in this issue is strong among both males (60%), females (78%), Black (88%), and Hispanic voters (86%).
In the last days of the election, while Trump continues to focus on fracking while offering no plan to combat the climate crisis, Biden is presenting voters with his plan to make the country a clean energy jobs powerhouse.