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For Immediate Release:
November 6, 2008

Contact: David Willett, 202-675-6698


Election Poll: Energy A Major Factor in Voters' Decision

Washington, DC: A national survey of voters headed to the polls showed the tremendous influence played this year by energy and the connection between new clean energy, energy independence and the green jobs that will rebuild the economy.

A nationwide poll of 1200 voters conducted for Sierra Club by Lake Research Partners on Monday, November 3 and Tuesday November 4 showed that 50 % of voters said that energy issues were personally important in deciding for whom to vote for President this year.

Sixty-two percent of voters remembered hearing at least some or a lot about energy issues and global warming from the Presidential candidates. And based on what they heard, voters thought Obama has a better plan for investing in clean energy to create jobs by 49% to 35%.

Voters also understood that there was a difference between Obama and McCain on energy issues with 82% saying there was at least some difference including 43% saying there was a very clear difference.

"With energy playing such an important role for some many voters, it is clear that President-elect Obama has the mandate he needs to more forward with his plans for the clean energy future that will rebuild our economy," said Cathy Duvall, Sierra Club Political Director. "Obama pledged to promote clean energy to create jobs, secure energy independence, and fight global warming and Americans clearly want him to keep that promise."

e-mail david.willett@sierraclub.org for poll details

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