30 Oct '13, 12am

Voters in heartland swing states care about the climate too

Voters in heartland swing states care about the climate too

It is a conventional wisdom so entrenched in politics that it seems to be almost a law of nature: Swing states are unfriendly terrain for environmental regulation. The Upper Midwest, Appalachia, old Rust Belt strongholds, and the Rocky Mountain West are all viewed as areas where Democrats must soft-pedal their coastal-elite tree-hugging. Heavy industry relies on intense energy use, coal mining is sacrosanct, and farmers and ranchers are influential throughout the heartland. But according to a new poll [PDF] from Hart Research Associates, conducted on behalf of the League of Conservation Voters, the conventional wisdom is wrong. Hart polled more than 1,100 voters from 11 states with likely competitive Senate races next year — Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Virginia — and found strong belief in anth...

Full article: http://grist.org/climate-energy/voters-in-heartland-swing...

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