New poll numbers released by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) show that Americans from both political parties believe the same things when it comes to the environment–air quality is getting worse, climate change is happening (and is happening because of humans), and that the United States needs a new energy policy. They even agree on why the U.S. needs that new energy policy, but, according to the poll, that reason has nothing to do with climate change.
Pollster Frank Luntz, whose firm tests messaging for corporations and political candidates, polled 1007 registered voters from both political parties in an effort to determine how legislators should frame the upcoming climate change legislation debate in Congress.
“This is a crucial moment in the effort to pass national climate legislation that limits carbon emissions,” said EDF President Fred Krupp, in a statement.
“[Luntz’s] research proves that that no matter who Americans voted for in
2008, in 2010 they want to see Congress act on climate legislation.
It’s a national security priority, it’s a crucial means to reduce
pollution, and it’s essential to creating permanent American jobs.”