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Washington Voters Overwhelmingly Support Clean Energy, Holding Corporate Polluters Accountable

New Poll Reaffirms Desire for Comprehensive Climate and Energy Legislation

WASHINGTON – The League of Conservation Voters and Washington Conservation Voters released new public opinion research today that demonstrates a solid majority of Washingtonians support holding polluters accountable, increasing investments in clean energy and limiting carbon pollution. The survey, conducted by the Benenson Strategy Group, found that Washington voters believe the federal government should do more to create a clean energy economy. In particular:


  • 64 percent of Washington voters said the federal government should regulate corporate polluters more than it currently does;
  • 61 percent favor increased investments in clean energy sources;
  • 54 percent support a comprehensive energy and climate bill that includes a limit on carbon pollution and;
  • 52 percent believe Congress needs to do more than just make BP pay for the damage they have caused in the Gulf of Mexico, they believe the Senate “needs to pass real reforms to hold polluters accountable and invest in clean American energy.”

“Despite the misleading attacks of corporate polluters, poll after poll finds that Americans – and in this instance Washington voters – support policies that curb pollution, invest in clean energy sources and hold polluters accountable,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “As lawmakers leave our nation’s capital for the August recess, it’s clear that Washingtonians believe Congress should do more to create clean energy jobs and crack down on pollution. This fall the Senate should get back to work on meaningful climate policies that truly address the energy challenges we all face.”


The Benenson poll comes on the heels of a recent national survey conducted by the Society for Human Resources Management/National Journal Congressional Connection in coordination with the Pew Research Center finding 65 percent of the American public favored limiting carbon pollution and 69 percent supported enacting stricter regulations on oil drilling.*


"Voters throughout Washington state expect more from our elected officials on these issues" said Kurt Fritts, executive director of Washington Conservation Voters.  "It is time for politicians to stop coddling corporate polluters and to heed public sentiment on investing in clean energy and reducing carbon pollution."


The Benenson Strategy Group conducted 600 interviews with registered voters in Washington between July 21 and 24, 2010. The full poll memo is available here:


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