POLLING SHOWS ENVIRONMENT IS A TOP PRIORITY FOR CALIFORNIANS ACROSS THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM

Press Release
October 22, 2020

POLLING SHOWS ENVIRONMENT IS A TOP PRIORITY FOR CALIFORNIANS ACROSS THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 22, 2020

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POLLING SHOWS ENVIRONMENT IS A TOP PRIORITY FOR CALIFORNIANS ACROSS THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM

OAKLAND, CA - Today, the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) released polling that shows Californians of all political stripes care deeply about environmental protections and are taking this election as a serious opportunity for change. The polling also identifies the bipartisan role environmental issues could take in voter decisions.

“Voters know that a healthy environment is crucial to the health of their communities,” said Mary Creasman, CEO for CLCV. “Our polling data once again backs up what we’ve been telling elected officials for years - the public is ahead of their leaders on the environment and climate change. The people want bold action from their elected officials; they want leaders who will pledge to work for them and their families, not corporate oil and gas interests.”

Overwhelmingly, polling shows that Californians want the state to prioritize the environment, with just under three-fourths of registered voters citing this as a priority. The polling also indicates that registered voters across party lines strongly prefer candidates who support protecting our public lands and parks (92% of respondents) and candidates who refuse to take oil and gas money (78% of respondents). California voters are tuned in closely to the election (94% of respondents), and even previous non-voters are paying close attention.

Creasman added, “This is a wake-up call to any California leader who thinks environmental protections or cutting ties with big oil and gas are divisive. Our state’s voters are united in wanting a better tomorrow.”

CLCV also recently conducted focus groups offering additional qualitative background on Californians’ thinking: with the coronavirus and recent wildfires devastating the state, potential voters are thinking a lot about the health of their environment and communities. They are eager for the government to step up to handle these challenges. Voters know that fixes for our current problems exist, and want leaders who are ready to enact solutions.

The focus groups also suggest that voters are closely tuned into the election this year, but overwhelmed with choices and voting in a pandemic. CLCV and their Local League partners’ federal, statewide and local endorsements offer guidance to voters on selecting candidates who are environmental justice advocates.

Key findings from the polling and focus groups are below.

Key Polling Findings:

ENVIRONMENT

ELECTIONS AND VOTING

Key Focus Group Findings:

ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH

The research was conducted by EMC Research www.EMCresearch.com. The poll surveyed 1,220 registered voters in California and was conducted from August 27 - September 3, 2020 online using email and text invitations. The survey was offered in both English and Spanish.The polling data has a margin of error of 2.8%. The focus groups were conducted on October 6, 2020 and involved convening two groups of voters online. The groups were composed of voters registered as Democrats or No Party Preference from Riverside, San Bernardino, Fresno, and San Joaquin Counties.

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