Zogby Poll: 3 in 5 Voters Back Obama’s Call to Action on Climate, Energy

The Zogby Interactive poll shows 58 percent of voters agree with President Obama, including a significant 73 percent of moderates. Obama's push for strong climate and energy legislation has broad-based support across age, income, education, regional and ethnic groups

03-11-2009 // Miles Grant

WASHINGTON, DC -- A new poll shows three in five voters support President Obama's call for "this Congress to send me legislation that places a market-based cap on carbon pollution and drives the production of more renewable energy in America." The Zogby Interactive poll shows 58 percent of voters agree with President Obama, including a significant 73 percent of moderates. Obama's push for strong climate and energy legislation has broad-based support across age, income, education, regional and ethnic groups.

"Americans are strongly behind President Obama's call for Congress to deliver legislation that galvanizes investment in clean energy by putting a cap on carbon pollution," said Jeremy Symons, the National Wildlife Federation's senior vice president for conservation and education. "Americans know we can address our economic, energy and climate crises through the same solutions--capping carbon pollution and investing in renewable energy."

Zogby Interactive asked voters if they agreed or disagreed with President Obama's call in his February 24th address to Congress that, "To truly transform our economy, protect our security, and save our planet from the ravages of climate change, we need to ultimately make clean, renewable energy the profitable kind of energy. So I ask this Congress to send me legislation that places a market-based cap on carbon pollution and drives the production of more renewable energy in America."

The poll showed more than two-thirds of young voters support President Obama's push for a carbon cap, with 68 percent of those ages 18-24 backing an increased focus on renewable energy and a cap on carbon pollution. Just last week, an estimated 12,000 young leaders converged on Washington, DC for Power Shift 2009, asking their members of Congress to pass legislation in 2009 that cuts carbon emissions, creates millions of green jobs, and repowers America with clean energy.

The poll shows agreement with Obama's plan from:

• 73 percent of moderates
• 88 percent of African Americans and 61 percent of Hispanic Americans
• 61 percent of union members
• Majorities from all regions of the United States (East, Central/Great Lakes, South, West)

"America's economic health requires comprehensive climate and energy legislation in 2009 that includes a cap on carbon pollution," said Jeremy Symons. "Repowering America with clean energy technologies will improve our economy, our security and our planet's future."

The Zogby Interactive survey of 3,365 voters nationwide was conducted March 2-5, 2009, and carries a margin of error of +/- 1.7 percentage points.

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Contact: Miles Grant, National Wildlife Federation, 202-797-6855, GrantM@nwf.org

The National Wildlife Federation is America's largest conservation organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.

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