Addressing Climate Change Attracts Independent Voters – Polls

A national 2012 nonpartisan poll conducted by George Mason and Yale universities found that 72% of Americans think climate change should be a medium to very high priority for the president and Congress, reports Mark Clayton at the Christian Science Monitor. While Mitt Romney mocked climate change at the Republican convention, Obama retorted: “my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet – because climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. They’re a threat to our children’s future. And in this election, you can do something about it.” His retort broke a nearly complete campaign silence on the issue, which is good for attracting independent voters, says Edward Maibach, director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, who produced the poll. Maibach says this and similar polls indicate that talking about addressing climate change is a political benefit, not drawback, especially in the swing states for Democratic candidates searching for votes among independents, who respond to climate change as an issue much more like Democrats than Republicans.

Join the swelling numbers of voters telling Congress they’ll VOTE for Clean Energy candidates here: http://signon.org/sign/we-are-the-clean-99?source=c.em.cp&r_by=487176 then please – spread the word. This is how YOU can make a difference.

Source

Why climate change could be a hot topic on the campaign trail. Climate change had been virtually absent from the campaign until Mitt Romney and President Obama traded jabs at their conventions. Some polls say it could be a vote-getter for Democrats. Christian Science Monitor, By Mark Clayton, Staff writer / September 7, 2012 http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Elections/President/2012/0907/Climate-change-why-it-could-be-a-hot-topic-on-the-campaign-trail

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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