Here are highlights from a statewide survey released this week on attitudes among Washingtonian voters about climate change legislation:

  • Washington voters overwhelmingly support legislative action to reduce global warming pollution: nearly seven in 10 voters endorse the idea of requiring businesses and utilities to reduce their output of global warming pollution.
  • Eight out of 10 voters support the idea of establishing programs to train people for green jobs in renewable energy and conservation.
  • On the issue of climate change, there are no clear regional biases; at least six in 10 voters in every region of the state say they favor moving forward on legislative solutions to global warming.
  • Washington voters agree that climate change is a serious issue and they support taking action to combat global warming.

The poll was conducted by Grove Insight and commissioned by Washington Conservation Voters, Washington Environmental Council and Climate Solutions.

Of the findings, pollster Lisa Grove of Grove Insight said, “The message from the people of Washington on climate change is clear. They want their elected officials in the state to lead on this issue and take action on global warming.”

The analysis is based on 588 interviews among likely 2008 general election voters in Washington. An oversample of n=188 voters living in targeted legislative districts was conducted. The targeted districts included: 23, 25, 26, 28, 31, 41, 44, 45, 47 and 48. The survey was conducted November 9-12, 2007. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points at the 95% level of confidence. The margin of error for subgroups varies and is higher.