USA Today recently reported on a poll by The American Sustainable Business Council that found a majority of small business owners are on board with addressing climate issues.
Respondents were also asked about their political leanings, and not surprisingly, the breakdown was 36% Republican, 33% independent, and 19% Democrats. However, what may be surprising to some is the strong support expressed for addressing climate change across political lines.
The poll showed the following:
- 62% (including 58% of Republican respondents and 67% of independents) support stopping subsidies for oil, gas, and coal that make the fossil fuels appear more economical than they are;
- 58% of Republican small biz owners and 81% of independents are in favor of gaining a competitive edge in clean energy technologies;
- 76%+ of Republican business owners support increasing energy efficiency by 50% over the next ten years.
The poll was based on a random sample of small business owners (businesses with 2-99 employees) and has a margin of error of +/- 4.4 percent.
For more details on the poll, especially a discussion of the more specific climate policies that were addressed, please see the full article at Small Business Owners Back Climate Action.
What do you think about the results of this survey?