2012 National Latinos and the Environment Survey

The Sierra Club and the National Council of La Raza release findings from a national survey on the environmental attitudes and opinions of Latino voters.

The research is part of a multi-year project that involved focus groups and a national poll conducted by Project New America and Myers Research.


Latino voters across the US:

  • Strongly support clean energy
  • Are very concerned about the public health effects of fossil fuel
  • Believe that global climate change is happening
  • Want to protect the nation’s public lands


Air and water pollution is the top environmental concern among Latino voters (with an increase in concern since 2008).
94% of Latino voters believe they can help curb air and water pollution through energy conservation.
More Latino voters report that they live or work near a toxic site than in 2008.
83% of Latino voters believe that fossil fuels are a thing of the past and that more government investment in clean energy sources is needed.
77% of Latino voters believe that climate change is already happening.
92% Latino voters agree that they “have a moral responsibility to take care of God’s creations on this earth – the wilderness and forests, the oceans, lakes and rivers.”
72% Latino voters say that environmental regulations protect our health.
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Date: 2012
Strategic Approach: Audiences, Other
Strategic Approach: Audiences, Other

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