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October 29, 2014

Ahead of next week’s midterm elections, new polling data reveals that African-American and Hispanic voters are largely unconcerned with climate change, yet very concerned about the impact the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate change regulations will have on energy costs. When asked about a series of pressing policy issues like defense, education, immigration and healthcare, respondents agreed that climate change was the issue of least importance this election. Jobs and the economy were the top policy priority for both African-American and Hispanic voters. The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity partnered with the National Black Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to develop and deploy the polls.

 

Mike Duncan, president and CEO of ACCCE, provided the following statement on the findings:

 

“The Administration has made no secret that mandating climate change regulations is priority number one. Not surprisingly that priority consistently ranks at the bottom of Americans most pressing concerns. These new surveys reveal just how out-of-touch this administration is with the African-American and Hispanic communities. Despite the White House’s efforts to politicize climate change, the issue just doesn’t resonate with the electorate. At the end of the day, voters will choose candidates who are aligned with their priorities.”

 

Key findings include:

 

• Nearly eight in ten African-American and Hispanic voters are concerned about their household budgets and finances, and more than 75 percent of African-American and Hispanic voters are specifically concerned about energy costs increasing for their home or business.

• A scant three percent of African-American voters and seven percent of Hispanic voters...

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