Saturday, April 20, 2019

Latino Decisions Research Brief: Latino Voters Overwhelmingly Support Environmental Conservation

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Latino Decisions, a prominent Latino public-opinion research firm, released a new research brief which concluded that Latinos are not only concerned about climate change and conservation but overwhelmingly in favor of public policy that will ensure sustainable environmental protections.

Latino voters are particularly invested in supporting policy that will improve water quality and curb air pollution that is harming Latino families and communities.  Senior Analyst for Latino Decisions, Dr. Adrian Pantoja said, “Clean air and water, preserving public lands, climate change and promoting clean energy solutions are all matters of concern for this rapidly growing electorate.”

After conducting a comprehensive analysis on nine major public opinion polls on the environmental issues conducted by groups such as Voces Verdes, the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council, Latino Decisions found that for Latinos, conservation is inextricably linked to a better quality of life.

The political implications of such a study cannot be overlooked according to Maite Arce, president and CEO of the Hispanic Access Foundation, the organization that commissioned the study. Such staunch support for environmental conservation could potentially drive a further wedge between Latinos and Republicans that have a historically lackluster record on the issue. Arce noted, “There is a significant, growing Latino movement that is advocating for greater environmental protections of our parks and public lands and is willing to support candidates that share that same value.”

National Journal