Poll shows most Arizona voters acknowledge climate change


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The Arizona Republic reported that two-thirds of likely Arizona voters, regardless of their political affiliation, acknowledge climate change is happening and most who think it is are "extremely concerned" about its environmental impact.

That's according to a new poll conducted by OH Predictive Insights, a research firm based in Phoenix, which found that, as the 2020 presidential election heats up, so are concerns about a warming Earth.

The firm surveyed 600 people by phone in Maricopa, Pima and other counties and found that, regardless of how old they were, what party they identified with or where they lived, most said climate change was happening.

The findings come almost two years after another survey, conducted for the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust in conjunction with The Arizona Republic, found 75% of those surveyed believed that global warming was occurring and 79% of those people believed it was primarily the result of human activity.

That poll also found overwhelming support for preserving the state's natural resources. Some 81% saw the state's environmental issues, like water and air quality, land and water use and wildlife protection, as "serious" or "very serious."

Among those surveyed in the 2017 poll, 73% of people thought Arizona was experiencing a "short-term" or "long-term" drought, and 53% thought it was a result of climate change.

The poll was conducted for the Trust and The Republic by Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.