A new poll indicates that Washington state voters have growing concerns over the long-term effects of climate change, and support eventually transitioning to electric vehicles within the next decade as a means to combat that.
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The poll was conducted by a trio of climate change organizations, sampling opinions from 1,112 Washington state voters. Of those respondents, just under 43% identified as Democrats; 25% identified as independents, while another 25% were Republicans. Seven percent were categorized as “something else.”
While 86% of those polled reported driving a gas-powered vehicle, 69% said they either “somewhat support” or “strongly support” a current statewide policy under consideration that would require all new cars sold in Washington to be electric, starting in 2030.
Just 35% reported they either “somewhat oppose” or “strongly oppose” such a policy, which would also still allow Washington drivers to buy and sell gas-powered vehicles manufactured prior to 2030.
Without that proposed policy, 43% believe that the switch to electric vehicles won’t happen fast enough to avoid the long-term impacts of climate change statewide. Another 31% said they weren’t sure whether the switch would happen fast enough, while 26% believed it would.
An even larger slice of respondents reported concerns over climate change as a whole, with 75% saying they were either “somewhat worried” or “very worried.”
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The poll also sought to gather opinions over whether voters believed that recent wildfires in Washington have been induced, at least