June 8, 2022
TO: Interested Parties
FR: Ben Greenfield and Tiara Stanley, Change Research
RE: Action on Climate and the Environment Rank As #1 Issue Motivating California Voters
A survey of 821 likely general election voters in California finds that climate is a top concern for voters in the state, and 75% of voters want the state to take action to fight climate change. California voters believe that it is urgent for the state to act on climate, with most saying that the state needs to move faster than it is currently moving. And as Governor Gavin Newsom enters his general election campaign, he could see a significant political boost from aggressive action, with many Democrats eager to see California act to address climate change.
75% of California voters want the state to act to address climate change
Three in four voters in California want the state to take action to address climate change, either immediately or in the next few years. Among Democrats, 84% say climate action must be immediate.
Climate change is by far the most important issue for California Democrats
57% of Democratic voters indicated that climate and the environment were among their top three issues, twice as high as any other issue. Overall, 43% of California voters include climate and the environment in their top three – including 35% of independents who lean toward neither party and 20% of Republicans.
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A description of this survey’s methodology can be seen here.