Poll: Nearly three-quarters of Florida voters say climate change is an important issue
FLORIDA (AP) A new poll shows more Floridians believe the state’s climate change policies are necessary and that they are getting better.
A survey conducted this month by the National Governors Association found a majority of voters said climate change was an important and pressing issue in their state.
The poll found 61 percent said climate issues should be a priority in the upcoming midterm elections.
The governor’s office says only 25 percent of Florida residents are opposed to climate change.
In 2014, a Pew Research Center poll found 57 percent of Floridans believed climate change could have significant impacts on their state’s future.
A poll last month by The Associated Press/GfK found 56 percent of voters supported a carbon tax and a cap-and-trade program that would cap carbon emissions and allow for the sale of carbon credits.
The survey was conducted from Oct. 2-4, and the margin of error was plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.
Polling by GfK is due to be released on Wednesday.
The Associated States Business Council released a poll in June of 1,500 adults, who were asked: “If elected, what kind of president would you like to see in office in 2018?”
Of those surveyed, a majority said climate policy should be the top priority for the next president.
Forty-four percent said the administration would prioritize environmental protection, 28 percent said it would prioritize the economy and 21 percent said they would prioritize education and research.
In July, The Associated Nations announced it would issue a report detailing climate change impacts and the impacts of climate change on the future of the planet.
The group of 195 nations includes China, the United States, the European Union, Russia and the United Kingdom.
The United States is the only nation not represented.