New environmental poll reveals Latinos care as intensely about the issue as immigration reform

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LatinaLista — According to a new survey, Latinos care as intensely about climate change as getting immigration reform passed through Congress. Conducted by Latino Decisions on behalf of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the poll reveals that even across party lines, Latinos recognize that the future looks pretty bleak for themselves and their children if elements of climate change aren’t addressed soon.

What is more surprising than confirming a viewpoint shared by most Americans is that the majority of Latinos want President Obama to use his office to prevent things from getting worse.

The survey found:

  • Nationally, nine in 10 Latinos want the government to take action against the dangers of global warming and climate change — Of those, 68 percent of Republican Latinos say that it is important—including 46 percent of Republicans who say it’s very or extremely important—for our government to tackle global warming and climate change.
  • Nationally, eight in 10 Latinos want President Obama to curb the carbon pollution that causes climate change — Of those, 54 percent of Republicans, 88 percent of Democrats and 86 percent of Independents support presidential action.
  • By gender, 88 percent of male respondents say that it is important for our government to tackle global warming and climate change and 92 percent of female respondents agree with this view.
  • Broken out by income, 91 percent of those making less than $20,000 a year say that it is important for our government to tackle global warming and climate change, and 86 percent of those with incomes over $80,000 hold this view.

“Latinos are a growing and potent force in America, and they’ll be watching closely as the president’s climate action plan advances in Washington,” said Adrianna Quintero, senior attorney for NRDC and Founder of Voces Verdes. “Latinos have a deep sense of interconnectedness, not only to family and friends we see every day but to our cousins, aunts and grandparents, whether they live in the United States or abroad. That powerful sense of community extends to concerns for others. Fighting climate change is part of our obligation to build a more hopeful future, for all.”

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