Voters Want Answers on Climate from President Obama and Governor Romney
Undecided voters are not hearing what they want to hear from the candidates right now on climate change. A new poll by Yale University and George Mason University found that undecided voters are concerned about climate change and it could be a factor in their voting this fall. According to the Yale-GMU poll, 55 percent of undecided voters say the candidates’ views on climate will be among several important issues that help guide their vote.
Interestingly, this poll finds that most undecided voters believe global warming is happening:
Most undecided likely voters (80%) believe that global warming is happening, while only 3% say it is not happening – which is very similar to likely Obama voters (86% and 4%, respectively).
Undecideds are markedly different than likely Romney voters, fewer than half of whom believe global warming is happening (45%).
This new national survey found that 7% of likely voters remain undecided about whom they will vote for President. Voters are demanding information from candidates on how they plan to fight climate change. Given how close the election for president may turn out to be in key states, this should be a wake up call for the candidates to voice their plans.
Voters are also raising expectations for lawmakers to take action on climate change, as noted by The Hill’s Energy & Envronment blog:
Sixty-four percent of undecided voters believe Obama should be doing more to address climate change, and 72 percent say Congress should be doing more.
Want to know how you can help elevate climate change and conservation issues this fall? Read about the candidates’ views on conservation, and pledge to Vote Wildlife Friendly during the upcoming election.