Poll: Environmental Issues Top of Mind for Pennsylvania Voters in 2022 | Friday morning coffee
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You don’t have to look far these days to find evidence that climate change is hitting Americans where they live. Of flash flood in the upper Midwest to forest fires that are reshaping California and the American West, scientists agree that climate change causes the incidence of extreme weather conditions.
And as a new poll clearly shows, concerns about climate change are top of mind for Pennsylvania voters heading into the 2022 midterms. And voters say they’re more likely to support lawmakers states that support limits on methane and carbon emissions.
Sixty-two percent of respondents to Global Strategy Group Survey controlled by the political arms of the Environmental Defense Fund and the Natural Resources Defense Council say state legislators should “make reducing air pollution a priority”, and an equal number believe the state needs more rules to protect Commonwealth air and water from oil and gas pollution.
As a reminder, the 203 members of the State House and half of the 50 members of the State Senate are eligible for re-election this fall. The Republicans who control both chambers, with the support of industry, generally resisted the democrat Administration of wolves efforts to limit emissions.
But a majority (56%) of the 1,200 voters likely to have responded to the poll agreed with the premise that “rules aimed at reducing pollution from oil and gas will create new jobs in manufacturing and in the field to inspect and repair leaks”.
Independent voters joined Democrats in accepting that premise — especially in suburban Philadelphia that’s less impacted by oil and gas exploration, but whose eco-friendly, predominantly blue voters tend to show up in favor. force during election years. Notably, however, voters in the Pittsburgh area, which is ground zero for natural gas exploration, also support this thesis, the poll showed.
The poll “shows very clearly that voters recognize the importance of tackling climate change and would be more likely to vote for elected officials who will actually take action.” Mandy Warnerthe Pennsylvania Director for EDF action, said in a statement. “A substantial majority of Pennsylvania voters support the carbon and methane emissions proposals and are eager to support the candidate who favors climate action.”
With a mid-term environment generally unfavorable to them, the poll is a dose of good news for Pennsylvania Democrats seeking to topple the State House and clinch seats in the state Senate.
Just over two months after Election Day, the state’s wildcard ballot for the General Assembly is tied at 46% each for Democrats and Republicans, according to pollsters.
A generic Democrat who supports carbon limits gets a 10-point bounce (51-41%) over a Republican who opposes them; while a generic Democrat who supports reducing methane emissions from oil and gas exploration gets an 8-point bounce (50-42%) over a Republican who opposes it, according to the poll.
In the much-watched gubernatorial race, the Democrat Josh Shapirocurrent state attorney general, leads the Republican Party Doug Mastriano, a state senator, 50-42 percent. And in the fight for the Democratic US Senate Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman directs a famous republican doctor Mehmet Oz 49-37 percent.
“Pennsylvanians support clean air and climate action and seek leaders who will make progress on these issues,” Jackson Morristhe main adviser for the NRDC Action Fund, said in a statement. “Candidates who support efforts to reduce dangerous carbon and methane pollution will be rightly rewarded for prioritizing the health of our citizens and communities over the profits of big industry polluters. .”
The poll, conducted July 14-19, had a margin of error of 2.9%.
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What is happening
10:30 a.m.: Visit by State Department of Education officials Harrisburg Area Community College to tout higher education in this year’s state budget.
What’s Going On (Naked Political Edition)
Republican candidate for governor Doug Mastriano hosts a reception at 4 p.m. (presumably in Pittsburgh – you need to RSVP to find out). Admission costs $2,500 and $10,000. House Minority Leader Joanna McClinton, D-Philadelphiahosts a reception at 5:00 p.m. Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia. Admission costs $75 to $5,000. and state Rep. Regina Young, D-Philadelphiahosts a reception at 5:30 p.m. ROAR in Philadelphia. Admission there costs between $50 and $1,000.
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