November election did not temper voters' taste for climate action

Release Date
December 10, 2018
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On the same day that Governor Inslee announced his bold climate priorities agenda for the 2019 legislative session, newly published exit polling from this November’s election shows that a large majority of Washington voters want climate action.  

Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates conducted the poll between November 6-14, 2018.* The top findings were:

1. While Washington voters rejected Initiative 1631, they continue to overwhelmingly believe that climate change is real and that action is required.  

Figure 1: Climate Change Awareness

Charts-polling 10 Dec 2018

2. Two-thirds of voters support a shift to 100% clean energy generation by 2045, and clean transportation fuel policy also garners a majority of support.  Among those that support climate action but did not vote for I-1631, 71% want the state to adopt a 100% clean electricity policy.

Figure 3: Support for Climate Policies

Total Support (Strongly Support) – Total Oppose

Chart-polling 10 Dec 2018

3. One third to a half of voters are more likely to support a state legislator who backs these policies.   

Figure 4: Impact of Support for Policies on Likelihood to Vote for a State Legislator

Chart-polling 10 Dec 2018

The newly released poll confirms that even many voters who opposed I-1631 continue to support action to address global warming and increase clean energy use. Washington voters are ready for complementary approaches to addressing the climate crisis.


* About the poll:

  • 1,216 interviews with November 2018 voters in Washington state
  • Conducted November 6-14, 2018, online and via landline and cell phones
  • Margin of sampling error of +/-2.8% at the 95% confidence interval; +/-4.9% for each one-third sample
  • Funded by Audubon Washington, Climate Solutions, The Nature Conservancy, Washington Conservation Voters and Washington Environmental Council