Number of Arizonans who see climate change as ‘serious problem’ jumps

An annual poll of voters in eight Western states, including Arizona, reported a sharp increase in the number who said climate change is a “serious problem.” The same report said people were worried about water and wildfires and concerned about rollbacks of environmental regulations. /Photo by Gerald Simmons/Creative Commons

 

By Andrew Howard | Cronkite News

The number of Arizonans who believe climate change is a “serious problem” has grown sharply in the past three years, according to an annual survey of Western-state voters’ opinions on environmental issues.

That was just one finding of the Conservation in the West Poll released Thursday by Colorado College’s State of the Rockies Project. It also claimed that voters in eight states are worried about water and climate issues, disappointed in recent federal rollback of environmental protections and even willing to pay more taxes for conservation.

The survey, the ninth annual, said 73 percent of Arizona voters claim to be worried about climate change in 2019, up from 63 percent in 2016. That was higher than the 69 percent in the eight-state region who said they see climate change as a serious problem in 2019.

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