State Director, Environment Virginia
State Director, Environment Virginia
Director of Media Relations, The Public Interest Network
Former Director, Destination: Zero Carbon, Environment America
All-important Independent voters strongly favor passage of second investment plan
Richmond, VA — Up to $3.5 trillion in investments proposed in the Build Back Better Act now before Congress are getting strong support from voters in the Richmond-area congressional district of Rep. Abigail Spanberger, according to a new survey. The poll reveals even stronger majorities for the Build Back Better Act’s climate and clean energy provisions.
The new poll of voters in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District revealed significant majorities back several proposed “Build Back Better” (BBB) investments designed to create jobs, address climate change, and improve our nation’s healthcare and education systems.
The poll found that 53 percent of voters overall – including 57 percent of Independents – support the BBB plan. The provisions included in the plan specifically designed to address the climate crisis were particularly popular among voters:
- 68 percent support reinstating laws requiring polluters to fund the clean-up of their industry’s toxic pollution (“polluters pay” laws).
- 62 percent support accelerating the adoption of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power by making new renewable energy tax incentives available to individuals and businesses and creating a program for electric companies to transition to clean energy sources.
- 51 percent support transitioning from gasoline-powered vehicles to clean electric vehicles by providing rebates for people purchasing electric vehicles, and making those vehicles easier to recharge by building a network of electric vehicle charging stations.
- Almost 60 percent of voters overall said it is important that Congress address climate change by reducing carbon pollution and promoting clean energy. Among voters who previously supported Rep. Spanberger, climate change was tied with COVID-19 as their top national priority.
“Virginians are experiencing the climate crisis every day and they know it’s only worsening. They also know the costs of inaction far outweigh the cost of acting now and, in this moment, we have an opportunity to enact policies to help us avoid the most catastrophic impacts,” said Environment Virginia State Director Elly Boehmer. “Strong majorities of Rep. Spanberger’s constituents are making very clear they support the Build Back Better Act’s climate and clean energy investments to begin to tackle this enormous challenge. This is the right bill at the right time and the price tag, whatever it ends up being, will be a bargain compared to the financial, public health and environmental costs we’ll have to deal with down the road if we don’t pass the bill.”
Voters also expressed their support for funding mechanisms to pay for investments in the BBB plan. A large majority, about 6 in 10, favor eliminating various corporate tax loopholes as well as tax credits and subsidies for fossil fuel companies. Voters also strongly support increases in the corporate tax rates from 21% to 26.5% and an increased tax rate for people with incomes of more than $400,000 per year.
Environment Virginia, Environment America, and the Climate Action Campaign, in collaboration with Change Research, conducted the poll of 452 registered voters across Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s 7th congressional district (ranging from Richmond to Fredericksburg) from September 22-26, 2021. A public memo outlining the full results of the survey can be found here.