Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg is ahead among Democratic voters who prioritize climate change, according to a Quinnipiac University nationwide poll taken Nov. 21 – 25.
Why it matters: While all the top-tier candidates have wide-ranging plans, he hasn't emphasized the topic as much Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has the most aggressive proposal.
What they found: Here's what the pollsters reported about Democratic voters and independents who lean that way...
"Climate change is a good issue for Buttigieg as he gets 27 percent of those who say climate change is their most important issue, while [Elizabeth] Warren gets 18 percent, Sanders has 15 percent, and [Joe] Biden receives 13 percent."
But, but, but: The survey of those 574 particular voters has a margin-of-error of ±4.9%, so keep that in mind. (The overall survey was of 1,355 self-identified registered voters.)
Quick take: I know. I know! It's one poll. I haven't had time to explore how much other pollsters have asked this question (that's my next project). With that throat-clearing...
- Maybe there's no reason to assume that climate-conscious voters are by definition the most lefty voters, or want the most aggressive plan.
- This could be a side effect of Mayor Pete's overall rise, and it was taken right after the most recent debate (where he brought up climate).
- A FiveThirtyEight/Ipsos poll that gauged debate reactions showed Buttigieg gained among voters who list climate as their top issue.
- But that was part of a wider boost. He also gained among those who prioritize health care, the economy, inequality and discrimination.
Catch up fast: Buttigieg's plan calls for net-zero U.S. emissions by 2050, with interim goals such as requiring new passenger cars to be zero-emissions by 2035. It would also greatly boost R&D funding and put a price on carbon.
The big picture: The poll finds Biden leading as the top choice overall at 24%, followed by Buttigieg at 16%. Warren slid a lot since their last poll to 14% and Sanders was at 13%.
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