Poll shows Biden with lead among climate voters

Poll shows Biden with lead among climate voters
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFox News polls: Trump trails Biden in Ohio, Arizona and Wisconsin Kelly holds double-digit lead over McSally in Arizona: poll Obama calls for police reforms, doesn't address Trump MORE has a 9-point lead over Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenIt's time to shut down industrial animal farming The Hill's Morning Report - Protesters' defiance met with calls to listen Biden wins DC primary MORE (D-Mass.) among climate-focused voters, according to a new poll released Wednesday by the Sierra Club. 

Biden wins 30 percent support in the polls, followed by Warren at 21 percent and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins DC primary Biden wins Montana primary Biden wins New Mexico primary MORE (I-Vt.) at 20 percent in the tracking poll conducted by Morning Consult.

It's the same result Biden had in the last poll conducted in July, while it shows a slight increase for Warren from 20 percent, and a larger increase from Sanders who had 16 percent support in the previous survey.


California Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul holding up quick passage of anti-lynching bill Minority caucuses call for quick action on police reform Markey, Harris, Booker to introduce resolution calling for elimination of qualified immunity MORE (D) saw the biggest decrease in support from "climate voters," falling 6 percentage points from 13 percent to 7 percent since the previous tracking poll.

At the time the poll was conducted, Harris was one of two candidates who had not yet released a climate-focused policy plan. Her campaign released an outline for her $10 trillion climate plan early Wednesday morning. 

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Here's how Biden can win over the minority vote and the Rust Belt MORE also released his stand-alone climate action plan Wednesday.

The results largely mirror other national polls that have had Biden in the lead, trailed by Warren and Sanders.  

While Biden’s climate plan has been chastised by some environmentalists for not going far enough, the results indicate voters think otherwise.

The climate action plans from the three front-runners all vow to invest several trillions of dollars into transitioning the U.S. towards a renewable and clean electric grid, yet they all differ by timeline and methodology. Whether a candidate embraces nuclear energy in his or her plans has come out as one defining point.

CNN will host the first presidential forum focused entirely on climate change Wednesday night. MSNBC will hold another Democratic primary forum on the issue later this month.

In addition, the poll found that 90 percent of likely Democratic voters supported a transition to clean and renewable energy sources by 2030. The poll also found that 68 percent of likely voters support holding a climate debate, in addition to the two forums.