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Poll Shows Very Few Voters Trust Trump on Environmental Issues, Especially Climate Change

New polling data shows that voters trust former Vice-President Joe Biden to manage the nation's environment and he has a wide lead over Donald Trump on the issue. The survey conducted by Morning Consult/Politico found that Biden leads Trump by 19% [48-29%] on the issue of which candidate voters "trust more to handle" environmental concerns.

Biden's lead on the issue has a lot to do with Trump's failure to address, or even acknowledge, climate change. An earlier Morning Consult poll found that most Americans believe that the President has botched the issue.

Morning Consult: "According to the May 8-10 Morning Consult/Politico poll, the president’s net approval (the share who approve minus the share who disapprove) for his handling of climate change is [19] points underwater, with 31 percent of voters approving and 50 percent disapproving."

And, the issue of climate change may be a bigger factor for voters this year compared to 2016. A May 21-25 Morning Consult survey found that 71% of voters are concerned about climate change, with 38% saying they are “very” concerned. Only 12% said that they were not concerned at all with the problem. And, a 2019 George Mason University poll found that 38% of respondents said a candidate’s position on climate change would be a “very important” factor in deciding which candidate to vote for in 2020. That represents a 5% increase over 2016, and in a close election that 5% could be crucial to the outcome, especially in states like Florida where climate change will have such a large impact.

#news #environment #2020election

By: Don Lam & Curated Content

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