Washington, D.C. — The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and Climate Power released new polling today that shows widespread support for the full Build Back Better reconciliation package that includes investments in clean energy and environmental justice. The results were released the day the Senate passed an infrastructure bill, moving to a budget resolution that includes historic climate action. The national survey of registered voters was conducted at the end of July by Hart Research.
A memo summarizing the poll results can be found here.
A slide deck on the poll results can be found here.
KEY TAKEAWAYS FROM POLLSTERS GEOFF GARIN, CORRIE HUNT, AND JAY CAMPBELL:
- Three in four voters support the reconciliation plan.
- Large majorities say the plan’s climate, clean energy, and environmental justice components are essential:
- 66% say they are more likely to support the bill if it includes provisions to expand use of clean energy like solar and wind
- 63% say they are more likely to support the bill if it includes strong action to address climate change
- 63% say they are more likely to support the bill if it includes environmental justice provisions that target communities affected by pollution/development
- 66% of voters, including 78% of Independents, say taking action to deal with climate change this year is an important priority for the President and Congress.
- Focusing on the plan’s climate benefits can motivate the Democratic base.
- Detailing the economic benefits to working families and middle-class Americans can motivate swing voters.
- We have strong messages to win the debate on unfounded tax and inflation attacks (slides 10-12), including:
- Note that the wealthy and corporations will pay for the bill and no one who makes less than $400,000 a year will be taxed
- Talk about the ways the legislation lowers costs and puts money in the pockets of average people
- Emphasizing economic benefits for working families—including lower utility bills
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