As the presidential primary continued, the climate crisis maintained its position as a top priority for voters, especially in early states, and the candidates vying for their support. Here is a recap of recent polling, new plans from candidates, and the ways climate change is playing out on the campaign trail.
New Polls, Interesting Results
A new CNN poll asked Nevada and South Carolina voters which candidate respondents thought would best tackle the climate crisis. The results imply candidates, like Sanders, benefit from leaning in on climate change, especially in Nevada where polling from the Reno Gazette-Journal and Suffolk and Monmouth shows climate is a top two priority. Sanders held a climate event in Las Vegas just before the poll was fielded.
Nevada: Which of those candidates you would be most likely to support for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020? Biden (22%), Sanders (22%), Warren (18%), Harris (5%), Buttigieg (4%), Steyer (4%), Yang (3%), and Booker (2%), with other candidates at 1% or lower.
Which candidate would best tackle the climate crisis? Sanders (24%), Biden (20%), Warren (15%), Buttigieg (6%) and Harris, Booker, Yang and Steyer all tied at 3%.
South Carolina: Which of those candidates you would be most likely to support for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020? Biden (37%), Warren (16%), Sanders (11%), Buttigieg (4%), Harris (3%), Steyer (3%), Booker (2%), and O’Rourke (2%), with other candidates at 1% or lower.
Which candidate would best tackle the climate crisis? Biden (30%), Warren (18%), Sanders (15%), and Buttigiegm Harris and Steyer all tied at 4%.
The Center for Western Priorities came out with a new poll showing voters in Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Montana and New Mexico strongly support conservation, clean energy development, climate action, and more.
The Race to the Top Continues
A race to the top on climate policy means candidates should always be building on their plans and releasing new proposals throughout the primary.
Here are some more examples of how candidate are prioritizing climate action in their campaign:
Check out changetheclimate2020.com for more on climate change in the 2020 primary.