Environmental policy appears to be especially important to California voters this year, particularly in the gubernatorial race between Democratic Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and Republican businessman John Cox.
A survey of likely voters by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) found 87 percent rated the candidates’ environmental positions as either "very" or "somewhat" important to them.
It found 57 percent of likely voters believe global warming poses a very serious threat to California's economy and quality of life.
"Many Californians are concerned about the personal impact of global warming in the wake of a prolonged drought and in the face of fears that extreme weather may result in more severe wildfires," said Mark Baldassare, PPIC president and CEO.
Water, Fire and Air
In fact, the poll found 85 percent are concerned that the effects of global warming could spark more dangerous wildfires.