Zogby: 58% Support Obama's Push for Climate Change Action

Nearly three in five likely voters—58 percent—support President Barack Obama’s push for action on climate change outlined in his address to Congress, according to a new Zogby Interactive poll.

Of respondents, 42 percent strongly agree with the president’s call for legislation that would place a market-based cap on carbon pollution and increase the nation’s renewable energy production.

The survey presented respondents with a quote from the president’s address to a joint session of Congress, where he said to truly transform our economy, protect our security, and save our planet, we need to ultimately make clean, renewable energy the profitable kind of energy.

The president then called on Congress to send him a bill that places a market-based cap on carbon pollution and drives the production of more renewable energy in America.

The vast majority of Democrats (91 percent) and liberal voters (96 percent) express support for Obama’s push for climate change legislation, joined by 73 percent of moderates and 55 percent of self-described political independents who also agree with Obama’s call.

Support for Obama’s call for legislation on climate change receives strong support among the youngest voters—68 percent of 18-24 year-olds support an increased focus on renewable energy and a cap on carbon.

Published: March 19, 2009