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Poll: NV Latino Voters Overwhelmingly Support Climate Legislation

A new poll shows Latinos in Nevada overwhelmingly support climate legislation. (Octavio Lopez/morguefile)
A new poll shows Latinos in Nevada overwhelmingly support climate legislation. (Octavio Lopez/morguefile)
December 26, 2016

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Ninety percent of Nevada Latinos support legislation to combat climate change, and 95 percent support candidates who will protect public health by reducing smog and pollution, according to a new survey of Latino voters in battleground states.

The research by the polling firm Latino Decisions also showed that 77 percent of those polled back candidates who want to reduce carbon pollution and invest in a clean-energy economy. Edward Vargas, senior analyst with Latino Decisions, said the results make sense because so many Latinos live and work in low-income communities disproportionately affected by air and water pollution.

"We tend to reside and live near environmental dump sites - factories,” Vargas said. "Latinos are also more likely to be working in the fields. So, I think this is just a reflection that where we live and work is impacted by the environment.”

The poll also found that 79 percent of Nevadans think it's "very or extremely important" that President-elect Trump and the next Congress take action to increase the use of clean energy. Another 14 percent think it's at least somewhat important.

Lucy Flores is a former Nevada State Assemblywoman who now works with a Latino digital media company and for "Our Revolution," the organization that sprang up from the Bernie Sanders campaign. Flores said her group worked hard to explain the connection between the prevalence of illnesses like asthma among Latinos and the policies that allow the pollution to persist.

"Once we educate them about the sources of these health issues that are occurring because of 'dirty-energy' policies, then you start to see that they are placing a higher value on candidates and elected officials who are pushing clean air and clean-energy policies,” Flores said.

In November, Nevada bucked the national trend and gave a majority of votes to Hillary Clinton and a slate of other Democratic candidates, flipping both houses of the State Legislature from red to blue.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NV