NextGen Climate recently released polling data showing that an overwhelming majority of voters in key presidential swing states support transitioning to at least 50% clean energy by 2030. In a poll conducted by Hart Research, voters in eight battleground states—particularly young voters—say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who embraces this ambitious goal to address climate change by significantly increasing the amount of clean energy used to power the U.S.
- 70% of voters had a favorable reaction to a goal of at least 50% clean energy by 2030 — including 69% of independents and 54% of Republicans.
- 61% of voters said they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who embraced this goal, while only 14% say they would be less likely.
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“Transitioning to a clean energy economy is an ambitious goal, but one that is necessary and achievable — and politically potent, ” said NextGen Climate President and Founder Tom Steyer. “It’s time for presidential candidates in both parties to produce plans to achieve at least 50% clean energy by 2030 and put us on a path to a completely clean energy economy by 2050—creating millions of jobs across the country and protecting our economy from the most devastating impacts of climate change.”
“There is a considerable upside for presidential candidates committing to a clear and ambitious energy goal and virtually no downside,” said Hart Research President Geoff Garin.
Swing state voters believe achieving at least 50% clean energy by 2030 is an “important priority” and “necessary” and favor specific policies and initiatives that will build a clean energy economy. Millennial voters are particularly likely to support the goal, and see it as “inspiring.”
Polls were conducted in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin.
The release of the polling is part of NextGen Climate’s ongoing campaign to call on our leaders to embrace policies that accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy.
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