New research released today by MI Air MI Health shows broad, bipartisan support for the recently-announced Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution. The research was completed by Public Policy Polling, which was named the most accurate polling firm in the nation during the 2014 election.
“Michiganders around the state and across the political spectrum strongly support the Clean Power Plan, which is the most significant public health initiative in decades,” said Shajuana D. Tyson BSN, RN. “Michigan’s asthma rate is 25 percent higher than the national average and moving to clean, renewable energy will reduce dangerous pollution, reduce asthma, heart and lung disease and save lives.”
Key findings of the research include:
• 68 percent of voters support the Clean Power Plan, compared to only 29% who oppose it.
o This includes support from 92 percent of Democrats, 67 percent of independents, and 39 percent of Republicans.
• 67 percent surveyed consider climate change a problem, including 48 percent who say it is a very serious problem.
• 69 percent of voters would be either more favorable toward or neutral to an elected official that supported and implemented the Clean Power Plan, compared to only 27 percent who would be more negative.
“When it comes to diseases linked to air pollution, Michigan is one of the worst states in the nation and that’s why it’s shameful that Attorney General Bill Schuette is trying to block the Clean Power Plan,” said Angela Wan, BSN, RN. “Voters know that the Clean Power Plan will save lives, reduce pollution, and protect the health of Michigan seniors, children and families. That’s why they want their elected officials to support, not block, this important public health initiative.”
MI Air MI Health and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America—Michigan Chapter recently released a new fact sheet showing Michigan ranks near the bottom of states in terms of health when it comes to asthma rates, deaths from cardiovascular disease, lung cancer and more.
Public Policy Polling surveyed 552 Michigan voters from August 5 to 7 on behalf of Michigan Public Health Association. The survey’s margin of error is +/-4.2 percent.