Poll: Marylanders Overwhelmingly Favor Clean Energy Investments in Biden Infrastructure Plan

    Marylanders across all congressional districts strongly support the Biden Administration’s American Jobs Act and the investments it would make in climate, clean energy, good-paying union jobs, and justice, according to poll released last week by the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and the survey firm Data for Progress.

    The groups conducted the poll to assess the attitudes of likely voters towards the American Jobs Plan, specifically the key provisions that address climate change, advance clean energy deployment and domestic manufacturing, support clean water, and advance equity by focusing 40% of the benefits of climate and clean energy infrastructure investments into low-income communities and communities of color and other disadvantaged communities.

    In each congressional district, voters were asked four questions: about their support for making clean energy a national priority; about their support for the American Jobs Plan, the Biden administration’s infrastructure spending proposal; about their support for federal investments that advance environmental justice; and about the importance for Congress to address climate change.

    Support for each measure topped 67% in all eight of Maryland’s congressional districts, and in some cases approached 90%.

    Statewide, 83% of voters said they support the American Jobs Plan, 83% said they think it’s important that Congress takes action to address climate change, 85% supported investments in clean energy jobs, and 78% supported ensuring the benefits of climate and clean energy investments go to the environmental justice communities long exploited by polluters.

    The Maryland statistics were part of a national survey of 3,031 likely voters conducted April 22-28 in all 435 U.S. congressional districts. The national poll had a 2-point margin of error.

    “Maryland voters are clear that they support the investments of the American Jobs Plan in climate, clean energy jobs, and justice,” said Kim Coble, Maryland LCV executive director. “The polling shows that voters understand that creating good-paying jobs while tackling climate change and environmental racism is the right thing for people and the planet. For any politician who cares what their constituents thinks, it just doesn’t make sense to stand in the way of progress on climate, clean energy, and environmental justice.”

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    Founding Editor Josh Kurtz is a veteran chronicler of Maryland politics and government. He began covering the State House in 1995 for The Gazette newspapers, and has been writing about state and local politics ever since. He was an editor at Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, for eight years, and for eight years was the editor of E&E Daily, which covers energy and environmental policy on Capitol Hill. For 6 1/2 years Kurtz wrote a weekly column on state politics for Center Maryland and has written for several other Maryland publications as well. Kurtz regularly gives speeches and appears on TV and radio shows to discuss Maryland politics.