DENVER – Today, the League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club released details from a private poll that clearly show that Colorado voters prefer Mark Udall’s record and energy plans to those of his opponent, Bob Schaffer.
Survey participants were offered several messages and asked whether how much each message convinced them to vote for one candidate or the other, or whether that message raised doubts about the fitness of a particular candidate.
Bob Schaffer’s ties to the oil industry and votes for $33 billion in tax breaks to oil companies raised doubts in 55% of respondents. 37% had minor or no doubts. That 18 point differential is a significant margin in this type of survey.
Mark Udall’s record on clean energy and his plan to make America energy independent convinced 61% of respondents to vote for Udall. 36% were not convinced, a big difference of 25 points. Schaffer’s invariable attack, calling Udall a “radical environmentalist” raised doubts in only 39% of responders, while 51% said it would not affect their vote, a negative difference of 12 points, showing this attack doesn’t work with Coloradoans.
Meanwhile, voters overwhelmingly trust the Democrats over Republicans to:
· Invest in a clean energy economy that provides alternative and renewable energy and creates jobs – 52% to 30%.
· Conserve our natural resources, like our land, air and water – 53% to 29%
“This poll clearly shows that Colorado voters care more about real environmental action than meaningless labels,” Tony Massaro, Colorado native and LCV political director said. “They support Mark Udall’s vision of the future while rejecting Schaffer’s unbreakable ties to the failed energy policies of the past.”
Between February 6-12, 2008, Myers Research and Grove Insight interviewed 600 voters in Colorado. The League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club, two of the nation’s leading environmental organizations, commissioned the survey under the auspices of Project New West.