This week, the National Council of La Raza and the Sierra Club released a poll conducted by Project New America and Myers Research to “gauge Latino voters’ opinions on a range of environmental issues.” The results clearly show an increase in environmental awareness among Latinos, and they are now significantly more concerned about these issues than the American public at large.
Latinos Overwhelmingly Support Green Energy
- A whopping 86% of respondents prefer that the government invest in clean renewable energy like solar and wind, while only 11% favor investments in fossil fuels. 83% agree that “coal plants and oil refineries are a thing of the past. We need to look toward the future and use more energy from clean sources.”
Toxic Pollution Is A Grave Concern For Latino Voters
- 61% said air and water pollution were the top two environmental issues for them and their families. A huge 94% said they believe they can help curb this toxic air and water pollution by conserving energy. Also, 72% agree that “environmental regulations protect our health and our families by lowering toxic levels of mercury, arsenic, carbon dioxide and other life-threatening pollution in our air and water.”
Latinos Are Concerned About Global Climate Change
- 77% of voters polled believed that climate change is already happening, while another 15% say it will happen in the future. Compare this to only 52% of total Americans who believe climate change has begun, according to a Gallup poll taken in March
Latinos Love Public Outdoor Spaces
- 94% said outdoor activities like fishing, picnics, camping, and visiting national parks are important to them. In fact, 69% said they would support the designation of more public land by the President. 92% believe that they “have a moral responsibility to take care of God's creations on this earth – the wilderness and forests, the oceans, lakes and rivers.”
This poll clearly shows that the protection of our health and our natural areas is of great concern to a large and growing segment of the US population. To Latinos, and to many other Americans, the protection of our bodies and our natural areas is a critical moral and social issue.
To read the full results of the poll, click here.