Majority of Americans Want Next President to Act on Climate Change

Washington, DC (April 30, 2008)- A poll was released showing that two-thirds of all U.S. adults (66 percent) believe it is important that the next US president have a policy which addresses climate change, 44 percent believe it is extremely or very important and 14 percent believe it is not at all important. Sixty-three percent say it is important that the new president initiates strong action to address global warming and climate change soon after taking office.

The survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of The Presidential Climate Action Project (PCAP), found that more women than men want a president with such a policy (69 percent versus 63 percent) and that the importance of the next president having a climate change policy is significantly stronger in the Northeast (74 percent), followed by the West (68 percent).
The poll reported that of people planning to vote, 22 percent believe that Sen. Obama (D-IL) is the candidate who offers the strongest policy on climate change, 21 percent believe it is Sen. Clinton (D-NY) and 8 percent believe it is Sen. McCain (R-AZ). However, the poll also reported that of those absolutely certain to vote, almost half (49 percent) do not yet know which candidate has the strongest climate policy. Bill Becker, PCAP’s executive director, said, “Here the poll identifies a clear disparity. The overwhelming majority of Americans want a strong, urgent climate change policy, but in the voters’ minds, none of the presidential candidates has yet emerged as the leader on climate change issues. A clear need exists for candidates to make the issue of climate change and their policies more prominent in the current race.” The survey was conducted online from April 9-11 among 2,092 US adults.
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