Saturday, December 28, 2019

More US voters than ever care about climate – but will they go to the polls?

If we don't take care of the environment, nothing else will matter.

Emily Holden in Washington
Thu 26 Dec 2019 02.00 EST

A growing share of voters list climate and the environment as their top priority, according to a new poll from the Environmental Voter Project.

Of the registered voters surveyed, 14% named “addressing climate change and protecting the environment” their No 1 priority over all other issues, compared with 2% to 6% before the 2016 presidential election.

Climate and environment voters are also the most motivated to vote in 2020, saying they are willing to wait in line an average of an hour and 13 minutes at the polls.


“That’s like four times the number of NRA members. It’s enormous, and a lot of that growth has happened over the last two to three years.”


A quarter of infrequent voters were not aware they could vote early, and 29% weren’t aware they could vote absentee. Voting by mail could also increase environment voter turnout.


The poll also confirmed that while Donald Trump is unpopular with a majority of Americans, his supporters are the most reliable voters.


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