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Climate change is top priority for young voters: study

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Climate change is the issue of highest concern to young voters, according to a new report from an initiative dedicated to studying what motivates the nation’s youth.

A report from the Cause and Social Influence Initiative found that climate change was the top issue for 34 percent of members of Generation Z and 27 percent of millennials surveyed.

“This year’s research began in the wake of Greta Thunberg’s sail to the Climate Change Summit and heavy media coverage of her trip and the issue; climate change subsequently was the top social issue for 2019,” the report said.{mosads}

Civil rights, immigration, health care reform and mental health and social services rounded out the top five issues of concern for young voters, booting gun control from the list of top social issues.

Polls have also found climate change is a top priority for voters.

A CNN poll found it was a top issue for Democratic voters, while polling from the Sierra Club found 62 percent of voters said climate change plans would be an important factor in who they decided to vote for. 

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