For Immediate Release - April, 23 2008
Washington, D.C. - Hispanic voters are overwhelmingly concerned about energy, global warming and environmental issues and are willing to take action to find solutions, according to results of a Sierra Club-sponsored national poll released today and conducted by Bendixen & Associates. The first-ever national poll of Hispanics on environmental issues was conducted March 20-30, 2008, and it found that U.S. Hispanics - a growing and powerful demographic - are deeply connected to nature and are concerned about the environment enough to take action to protect their communities and their families.
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Sergio Bendixen, pollster with Bendixen & Associates, said that the poll revealed that the overwhelming majority of Hispanic voters say that energy and environmental issues have a significant impact on their quality of life and the overall health of their family.
"Energy and global warming is viewed as one of the two most important environmental problems for Hispanic families, and four-fifths of these voters consider it to be a major problem," said Bendixen. "Hispanic voters across the nation recognize that they can help protect the environment through the personal choices they make."
-Overwhelmingly (80%) said that energy and environmental issues have "a lot" or "some" impact on the quality of life and health of their families. These voters have a high level of exposure to toxic sites.
"As a large and important constituency in the U.S., Hispanics can help craft solutions and influence key decisions that will create good jobs for Hispanic workers and cleaner neighborhoods for their families," said Carl Pope, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, which sponsored the poll. "We know that many Hispanic neighborhoods suffer disproportionately from environmental pollution and the effects of global warming, so it is particularly important that this community be fully engaged in the national dialogue."
"This survey confirms once again that environmental issues play an important role in the lives of Hispanic families. This is no surprise given that minorities are 73 percent more likely to live near air polluting facilities," said Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis, Vice Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Environment and Hazardous Materials. "The good news is that this survey indicates that 90 percent of all Hispanic surveyed feel a moral responsibility to take action to do their part in improving the environment.
The national poll of 1000 registered Hispanic voters was conducted by professionally trained bilingual interviewers in either English or Spanish, depending on the respondent's preference. The margin of error is three percentage points.