A new report from Yale found that talking about the realities of climate change might help candidates win over swing state voters. The Yale study found that in 10 swing states , as well as on a national level, talking about climate change benefits political candidates.
The report says that “taking a proclimate stand appears to benefit candidates more than hurt them with registered voters. Of course, the political dynamics in any given district may be an exception to this pattern, but it is important to note that the pattern is similar at both the national and swing-state scales.”
Climate change is no longer a dirty word or non-issue, and in this election cycle it could become a talking point for political savvy candidates.
Other key findings:
- Independent and Democratic voters support “climate action”
- Talking about climate change has “little negative” impact on Republican voters
- More than half of voters polled say they will consider a candidates views on climate change before voting and that they would support economic actions to reduce global warming.
- Reducing America’s dependence on fossil fuels and promoting renewable energy are favored by Republicans, Democrats and Independents.
Read more on the topic of climate change and the importance of acting now in a Spanish-language blog post by Western Resource Advocates’ Jorge Figueroa.