As demonstrations heat up, the Water Cooler team developed a survey that will help to inform policy makers about Vermonter’s take on climate change issues.
Results were gathered by phone between 10/8/2019 and 10/10/2019. Sampling of 539 respondents. This page last updated 11/27/2019.
There is little doubt this is an issue on Vermonter’s minds. Nearly three quarters of those surveyed viewed climate change as a major issue that could lead to mass extinction. Even with this in mind, Vermonters are reluctant to raise taxes on energy sources that contribute to carbon pollution. Half of respondents opposed any kind of tax increase on these products.
Despite the gravity of the issue, most respondents were realistic about the impacts efforts made in Vermont would have on the global issue. Only 11% thought the state would have a very significant impact on climate change.
As Legislators prepare for the 2020 legislative session, it would be prudent for them to understand Vermonter’s views on climate change and the gravity of the situation but also respect economic and environmental realities.
Thank you to anyone who participated in our survey. If you missed the opportunity and want your voice counted, you can still participate online here: vtwatercooler.com/fall2019survey
-The Vermont Water Cooler Team