The Mark UP

Post-Election Press Conference Remarks

Remarks by Heather Taylor-Miesle, Director

NRDC Action Fund

 November 7, 2012

Polluters spent hundreds of millions of dollars and have nothing to show for it today.  New polling by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research very clearly shows that voters didn’t buy what the polluters were selling. The public stands with us on clean energy. This election and our polling indicate a mandate from the American people on the environment and health. Now is time to act.

The new poll by the Greenberg Quinlan Rosner  Research was conducted nationally November 4th-6th and surveyed 1002 voters in 11 battleground states for NRDC Action Fund, League of Conservation Voters, and Sierra Club. Among the topline findings of the poll are:

President Obama Swept States Where the Fossil Fuel industry and their Congressional allies attacked on Energy.  They spent millions of dollars attacking the President on EPA and as being anti-coal. The attacks did not work–across all of the battleground states.

In fact, of the six reasons to vote against the President, issues like healthcare, taxes, the economy, and the deficit, the Republican message on energy fell far down the list to fifth and was cited by just 14 percent of voters as one of the best reason to vote against the President. This message ranked last among people who voted for Romney and last in the Midwest—where Republicans heavily focused this fossil fuels attacks.

President Obama and Democrats retain more credibility on energy than Republicans. Voters believe Obama will do a better job on energy than Romney by a 7 point margin, 51-44 percent. And they think Democrats will do a better job on this issue than Republicans by a 50 – 43 percent margin. These advantages are significant and represent larger advantages for Obama and Democrats than they receive on either the economy or taxes.

Regardless of partisanship lines or demographics, nearly 2 in 3 voters, 64 percent, say they have a favorable impression of renewable energy, compared to only 13 percent who say they have an unfavorable impression.

Voters give the EPA an impressive 50 – 27 percent favorable/unfavorable rating, including a 44 – 30 percent rating with Independents. Furthermore, by a 57 – 34 percent margin, they support EPA’s mission of making common sense rules over an argument that says rules and regulations should be left to congress.

A memo highlighting other important datapoints by Greenberg Quinlin Rosner Research is available at