[Fwd: 76% of African-Americans Want Climate Action Delayed]

Steven Laib stevenlaib at SBCGLOBAL.NET
Thu Jun 25 15:39:54 MDT 2009

Another one on the Black reaction to "climate change" legislation

	National Center for Public Policy Research Press Releases 


	      	*For Release*: June 25, 2009
*Contact*: David Almasi at (202) 543-4110 or e-mail 
dalmasi at nationalcenter.org 
<mailto:dalmasi at nationalcenter.org?SUBJECT=Re:%20Black%20community%20climate%20poll> 

76% of African-Americans Want Delay on Climate Legislation Until Economy 
Recovers, Just-Released Nationwide Poll of Black Community Finds

76% of African-Americans want Congress to make economic recovery, not 
climate change, its top priority, says a newly-released nationwide poll 
of African-Americans conducted by the National Center for Public Policy 

The poll's release comes as the U.S. House of Representatives is 
planning a Friday vote on the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade climate bill. 
The legislation, if adopted, is expected to reduce aggregate GDP by $7.4 
trillion in an effort to reduce global warming.

The survey of 800 African-Americans, 80% of which were self-identified 
Democrats and 4% self-identified Republicans, found significant concern 
that government action on climate change would have a harmful and 
disproportionately negative impact on the African-American community.

Among the key findings:

* 38% believe job losses from climate change legislation would be felt 
most strongly in the black community. 7% believe job losses would fall 
most on Hispanics and 2% on whites;

* 56% believe Washington policymakers have failed to adequately consider 
economic and quality of life concerns of the black community when 
addressing climate issues;

* 52% of respondents don't want to pay more for gasoline or electricity 
to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 73% are unwilling to pay more than 
50 cents more for a gallon of gas; 76% are unwilling to pay more than 
$50 more per year for electricity;

* Black Americans are virtually deadlocked on plans to reduce emissions 
if it would increase prices and unemployment. 44% opposed reductions 
under these circumstances, 45% supported them.

* 76% want Congress to make economic recovery the top priority.

"An overwhelming majority African-Americans want Congress to fix the 
economy before turning its attention to climate change," said David 
Ridenour, vice president of The National Center for Public Policy 
Research, who directs the group's Public Opinion Policy Center, which 
issued the poll.

"Significantly," Ridenour continued, "not only were 80 percent of the 
respondents self-identified Democrats, but 67 percent self-identified as 
'strong Democrats.' As African-Americans are a core constituency of the 
party, if the Congressional leadership ignores this, it does so at its 
own peril."

The survey was conducted by Wilson Research Strategies and has a margin 
of error of +/- 3.4%. It can be viewed 

The National Center for Public Policy Research is non-partisan, 
non-profit educational foundation based in Washington, DC. 94% of its 
revenue is received through hundreds of thousands of small 
contributions; 1.5% from corporations and 4.5% from philanthropic 

Visit the National Center for Public Policy Research's website at 
or call (202) 543-4110.

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