Poll Finds Green Voting Record A Plus

As of today, the air-waves are filled with poll results predicting big wins for conservative Republican candidates in the mid-term elections. But a recent survey has found that, across the country, voters are more likely to support candidates who support an energy bill that cuts climate change pollution (presumably, regardless of party affiliation).

These new surveys were conducted by Public Policy Polling at the behest of for the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) Action Fund, and indicates that in 23 key Congressional Districts–from Connecticut to California and Michigan to Florida–voters favor a clean energy plan that creates jobs and limits climate change pollution by an average of 52 percent. They also supported clean energy legislation by a clear majority in 21 out of 23 races, with two races in a statistical tie.  Moreover, they were more likely to support candidates who supported such a bill by a 20-point spread.

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These surveys were conducted in areas where Democratic incumbents who supported the American Clean Energy and Security Act are believed to be in close races: Jerry McNerney (CA-11); Betsy Markey (CO-4); Alan Boyd (FL-2); Suzanne Kosmas (FL-24);  Alan Grayson (FL-8); Leonard Boswell (IA-3); Debbie Halvorsen (IL-11); Phil Hare (IL-17); Frank Kratovil (MD-1); Mark Schauer (MI-7); Carol Shea-Porter (NH-1); Harry Teague (NM-2); Dina Titus (NV-3); John Hall (NY-19); Steve Driehaus (OH-1); Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15); John Boccieri (OH-16); Zach Space (OH-18); Paul Kanjorski (PA-11); Patrick Murphy (PA-8); John Spratt (SC-5); Tom Perriello (VA-5); and Steve Kagan (WI-8).

According to NRDC, the results of this survey reveal that “the opposition’s main, misleading talking point”–that a climate bill is equivalent to an energy tax–failed to gain traction with voters.

“Voters overwhelmingly rejected this idea in favor of a bill that creates millions of new jobs, reduces our use of foreign oil, holds corporate polluters accountable and cuts the pollution that causes climate change,” said Heather Taylor-Miesle, NRDC Action Fund director, in a statement.  “The poll results challenge political spin which says a ‘yes’ vote on ACES will hurt candidates running for re-election. The results show that clean energy and cutting pollution are actually issues voters support.”

How that will play out on election day remains to be seen.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.