Biden is top choice for climate-minded 2020 voters: Poll

Biden is top choice for climate-minded 2020 voters: Poll
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrat touts resolution to expel Marjorie Taylor Greene from Congress Science denialism in the new administration Jill Biden to offer input on helping reunite separated immigrant families: report MORE is the top choice for president among likely Democratic voters who are focused on the climate, according to a new poll.

The online poll, released Monday as a collaboration between the Sierra Club and Morning Consult, limited its results to voters who said candidates' plans for the climate are an important factor in their vote. 

While Biden would be the top choice for 37 percent of climate-minded voters, Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders says he's raised .8 million for charity after mittens meme Former Sanders press secretary: Further means-testing of COVID-19 aid 'unconscionable' Leahy expected to preside over impeachment after health scare MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenReddit traders cause Wall Street havoc by buying GameStop Elizabeth Warren weighs in on the GameStop stock surge The Hill's Morning Report - Biden argues for legislative patience, urgent action amid crisis MORE (D-Mass.) came in second and third with 19 percent and 15 percent, respectively. 


The results echo other national polls of Democrats, which have largely found Biden far ahead of Sanders and Warren, with the senators in a tough fight for second place.

A number of candidates have unveiled plans to combat climate change, but many of them did not rank highly in the poll.

Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeInslee rebukes hospital over vaccine appointments for donors Biden leans on Obama-era appointees on climate Thousands of troops dig in for inauguration MORE (D), who has made climate change the cornerstone of his campaign and released his fourth climate proposal on Monday, was the top choice for just 1 percent of those polled. Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), another candidate who presented a climate plan early in his campaign, polled at 4 percent. 

Biden was one of the more recent candidates to roll out a climate platform, announcing a $5 trillion plan earlier this month. Warren has introduced a public lands package and a green manufacturing plan that both touch on climate issues. Sanders has not announced a major climate plan.

Though Warren ranked third overall in the poll, she polled the highest as voters’ second choice, followed by a tie between Sanders and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSenate Democrats reintroduce DC statehood bill Sen. Patrick Leahy returns home after being hospitalized What the shift in Senate control means for marijuana policy reform MORE (D-Calif.). 

The poll also asked whether the Democratic Party should hold a climate-focused debate, and 85 percent of respondents answered yes. The party has said it will not hold a single-issue debate.

The poll was based on a sample of 838 people and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.