Poll: How Much of a Role Will Climate Change Play in the 2016 Presidential Race?

“This is an important issue, especially among younger voters.”

Emissions spew out of a large stack at the coal fired Morgantown Generating Station, on May 29, 2014 in Newburg, Maryland. Next week President Obama is expected to announce new EPA plans to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal fired power plants.
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Q: How much of a role will cli­mate change play in the 2016 pres­id­en­tial race?


A ma­jor role: 22%
A minor role: 71%
No role: 7%

A ma­jor role

“Cli­mate change is such a sym­bol of how back­ward the GOP pres­id­en­tial can­did­ates are vis-à-vis the pub­lic.”

“It nev­er polls as well as oth­er is­sues, but people will vote for or against a per­son based on this is­sue.”

“This is an im­port­ant is­sue, es­pe­cially among young­er voters.”

“Flat-earth Re­pub­lic­ans will paint them­selves in­to a corner with young voters and sub­urb­an­ites.”

A minor role

“Serves to high­light the Re­pub­lic­an nom­in­ee most likely be­ing out of step with the rest of the coun­try — but only a minor im­pact as it is rarely the most im­port­ant is­sue for a voter.”

“Alas, it’s the most im­port­ant thing in the world and will be among the least im­port­ant things in the elec­tion.”

“Maybe with­in the primary as an is­sue to dis­cuss, but the elect­or­ate in gen­er­al has not grasped the im­port­ance of the is­sue.”

” ‘I’m not a sci­ent­ist’ will be the stand­ard an­swer.”

“Cli­mate change does not help get swing voters in swing states.”

Emis­sions spew out of a large stack at the coal fired Mor­gan­town Gen­er­at­ing Sta­tion, on May 29, 2014 in New­burg, Mary­land. Next week Pres­id­ent Obama is ex­pec­ted to an­nounce new EPA plans to reg­u­late car­bon di­ox­ide emis­sions from ex­ist­ing coal fired power plants.

No role

“Please. The Re­pub­lic­ans (even the ones that know bet­ter) are afraid of their ex­trem­ist shad­ow on this one, and the Demo­crats (Hil­lary) won’t touch it for fear of look­ing ex­trem­ist on the left — a pretty damning in­dict­ment of all of them.”

Q: How much of a role will cli­mate change play in the 2016 pres­id­en­tial race?


A ma­jor role: 4%
A minor role: 66%
No role: 30%

A ma­jor role

“A big con­sequen­tial is­sue where the two bases are dia­met­ric­ally op­posed sug­gests both parties will push cli­mate to mo­tiv­ate turnout. We are about to be treated to a highly polit­ic­al yet pretty damn sub­stant­ive con­ver­sa­tion about the fu­ture. Gee, it’s al­most what pres­id­en­tial races should be about “¦”

A minor role

“It can’t be ig­nored, but it’s not go­ing to be a top is­sue.”

“Un­less something weird hap­pens, it is hard to see how this is­sue be­comes sig­ni­fic­ant.”

“Since Pres­id­ent Obama has calmed the seas and rolled back the tide, the is­sue is settled.”

“Re­but­ting the cli­mate-change alarm­ists and pledging to undo Obama’s ex­ec­ut­ive ac­tions will be a plus for GOP can­did­ates — in both the primar­ies and the gen­er­al elec­tion.”

“Voters don’t care.”

“We’ve let the Amer­ic­an pub­lic be­lieve we are op­posed to clean wa­ter and air, and that will hurt us.”

No role

“Way too many more-com­pel­ling is­sues out there, from for­eign policy to the eco­nomy.”

“This is a lib­er­al-donor is­sue, not a middle-class voter is­sue.”

“The only way this el­ev­ates is if an­oth­er Kat­rina hits.”

“It doesn’t move a single swing voter. Not when IS­IS is be­head­ing people and the eco­nomy is in the tank.”

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Demo­crat­ic Polit­ic­al In­siders  Jill Alp­er, John An­za­lone, Brad Ban­non, Dave Beat­tie, Andy Bech­hoe­fer, Cor­nell Belch­er, Matt Ben­nett, Mitchell W. Ber­ger, Mike Ber­man, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brath­waite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brew­er, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bon­nie Camp­bell, Bill Car­rick, Guy Cecil, Mar­tin J. Chávez, Tony Coelho, Larry Co­hen, Jerry Craw­ford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Daniel­son, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott De­Fife, Jim De­mers, Tad Dev­ine, Dav­id Di Mar­tino, Debbie Din­gell, Mon­ica Dix­on, Patrick Dor­ton, Pat Du­jakovich, An­ita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve El­men­d­orf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Fer­son, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Fo­ley, Jef­frey For­bes, Vin­cent Fril­lici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Mi­chael Gonza­lez, Joe Grand­mais­on, Anna Green­berg, Stan Green­berg, Pat Griffin, Larry Griso­lano, Mi­chael Gron­stal, Lisa Grove, Mar­cia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Har­poot­li­an, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hat­t­away, Mike Henry, Kar­en Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Har­old Ickes, Mar­cus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jard­ing, Jona­thon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kauf­man, Lisa Koun­toupes, Celinda Lake, Dav­id Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Le­hane, Jeff Link, Bob Malo­ney, Jim Man­ley, Steve Marchand, Jim Mar­gol­is, Paul Maslin, Keith Ma­son, Susan Mc­Cue, Ger­ald McEntee, Steve McMa­hon, Tom McMa­hon, Phil Mc­Namara, Dav­id Med­ina, Mi­chael Mee­han, Mark Mell­man, John Mer­rigan, Mi­chael Mon­roe, Steve Murphy, Janet Na­pol­it­ano, Dav­id Nas­sar, Mar­cia Nich­ols, John Nor­ris, Tom Ochs, Tom O’Don­nell, Jef­frey Peck, De­bora Pig­na­telli, Tony Podesta, Je­frey Pol­lock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Re­iley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ric­chetti, Will Robin­son, Steve Rosenth­al, Dav­id Rudd, Ry­an Rudom­in­er, John Ry­an, Mi­chael Sar­geant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shu­maker, Sean Sin­clair, Phil Sing­er, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thor­nell, Jef­frey Tram­mell, Ed Tur­l­ing­ton, Rick Wien­er, James Wil­li­ams, JoDee Win­ter­hof, Bri­an Wolff, Jon Young­dahl, and Jim Zo­gby.

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