Coloradans Support “Bold” State-Level Climate Action in New Polling
Election Numbers Reaffirm Coloradans’ Pro-Conservation Views
DENVER — New Rocky Mountaineer polling highlights the key role of conservation issues in the 2020 election and previews Coloradans’ desire for state leaders to take action to combat climate change in 2021. The memo is based on a survey of 900 Colorado voters, including an oversample of 100 additional Latinx voters.
The survey found that 81% of Colorado voters said “protecting Colorado’s public lands” was important to their vote for U.S. Senate, with almost half (49%) saying it was very important. When it came to “protecting the environment and combating climate change,” 71% of respondents said the issue was important to their vote, with 48% saying it was very important. Both issues were particularly important to Latinx voters, with 84% saying that protecting public lands was important to their vote. A staggering 91% said the same about combating climate change.
And the survey does more than look back at the 2020 election. It asked Colorado voters if they support “bold action to combat climate change and transition Colorado to clean energy by passing policies that will ensure the state meets its goal for reducing carbon emissions” and found 2-to-1 support (63% support/31% oppose) across the state. Additionally, it found strong support (67%) among unaffiliated voters, overwhelming support (82%) among Latinx voters, and majority support in every region of the state.
A similar margin of voters (62% agree/33% disagree) agree that “I will be concerned if my state legislator does not support strong action to combat climate change next year.”
The Rocky Mountaineer is a joint project of Global Strategy Group and ProgressNow Colorado.