Post-Election Poll: 78% of Voters See Clean Energy as Pathway to Revitalize America's Economy

Majority Cite Global Warming As Important As They Cast Their Vote

11-07-2008 // Miles Grant

WASHINGTON, DC -- A new poll from Zogby International of voters in Tuesday's elections shows more than three-quarters of Americans see clean energy as a key to America's economic health. The poll, conducted Wednesday and Thursday, shows 78 percent of voters agree that investing in clean energy is important to revitalizing America's economy.

The poll also showed 57 percent of voters said it was important in how they voted to back candidates who support reducing global warming pollution. This is an increase from the 2006 elections, when Zogby first identified that global warming had emerged as an important electoral issue. In 2006, 49 percent of voters identified the issue as important.

In addition, 60 percent agreed that elected officials should make combating global warming a "high priority."

The results also showed increasing interest among key demographic groups in candidates who support action on climate change:

- Swing Voters: 70 percent of self-identified "moderates" felt it was important to vote for candidates who support reducing global warming pollution in 2008, up from 64 percent in 2006. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of Independents identified global warming as important in 2008, up from 49 percent in 2006.

- Young Voters: 18-24 year-olds outpaced other age groups in their support for clean energy as a fix for America's ailing economy, with 87 percent support. These results confirm the mobilization seen across the nation among college age students, with more than 340,000 students taking the PowerVote pledge to demand action on clean energy and global warming from candidates.

- Minorities: 85 percent of African-Americans called it important to vote for climate candidates, a huge increase from 59 percent in 2006. Among Hispanic voters, 70 percent agreed a candidate's climate stance was important, up from 62 percent in 2006.

"These results show the call for clean energy and climate action ran deep in this election and reached far beyond political or cultural boundaries. It is not surprising that so many environmental opponents in Washington lost their jobs when the votes were tallied," said Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. "The call for clean energy solutions to re-power our economy and cut the pollution that is fueling global warming is coming from swing voters and people of diverse ethnic backgrounds and young voters. Looking at age groups, the call for action on global warming is loudest from our newest generation of voters--the generation that will inherit a planet in peril if we don't act now."

"This election was powered by a voting public that wants dramatic and meaningful change, especially when it comes to action to advance a clean energy economy," continued Schweiger. "President-elect Obama and the new Congress have the public support they need to move an ambitious clean energy agenda that measures up to the science of global warming and the full economic potential of our economy."

The Zogby Interactive survey of 3,357 voters nationwide was conducted Nov. 5-6, 2008, and carries a margin of error of +/- 1.7 percentage points. The survey was commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation.

Read the full poll results at the Zogby Newswire website.

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Contact: Miles Grant, National Wildlife Federation Communications Manager, 703-864-9599 (cell),