An overwhelming majority of Vermonters are worried about global warming and support a wide range of actions to cut Vermont’s climate pollution.
That’s according to poll commissioned by VPIRG and Vermont Conservation Voters – released on Wednesday.
The alarming news (or at least the news about people being alarmed): 76% of Vermonters said they are either very worried or somewhat worried about global warming, with 61% stating they are very worried about the topic. That’s up from 35% of Vermonters saying they were very worried about global warming just three years ago.
The good news: Huge majorities of Vermonters support a number of measures that would allow Vermont to do its part to address the climate crisis including: turning Vermont’s climate pollution reduction goals into legally binding requirements, expanding the work of Efficiency Vermont, requiring Vermont’s electric utilities to get to 100% renewable electricity by 2030 (with significant support for expanding in-state renewables), and the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI).
The even better news: These policies and others have a chance of being passed by the legislature this year – and VPIRG and our members will be working hard to ensure legislators advance these critical priorities. (Learn more about our 2020 Climate Agenda here.)
The poll was conducted by Public Policy Polling from Dec 3-4, 2019, and had 768 total respondents and a margin of error of +/- 3.5