Primary Results Show Environment Was Top of Mind for San Diego Voters

Recent Polling Conducted by California Environmental Voters Education Fund Shows Climate Is a Priority Across Political Spectrum


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OAKLAND, CA Primary election results on June 7 confirmed findings in recent polling conducted by California Environmental Voters Education Fund (formerly the California League of Conservation Voters Education Fund) and Tulchin Research that show environmental issues were a top priority for voters in the critical battleground of San Diego County. The poll found that voters in this region strongly support a number of policy proposals aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change and protecting and strengthening California’s natural environment, including transitioning away from fossil fuel production in favor of clean and renewable energy and ending offshore drilling. Coastal San Diego voters on Tuesday supported candidates who addressed a number of pressing environmental issues facing the region, including: toxic chemicals getting into drinking water, food and everyday products, wildfires, protecting California’s beaches, coastland, farmland and mountains, and water scarcity. The polling memo can be found here.

“This polling makes it abundantly clear that Californians in every region of the state feel the dangers of extreme heat, wildfires, and drought close to their homes and understand that extreme environmental impacts can only be slowed down by moving away from fossil fuels completely,” California Environmental Voters President Mary Creasman said. “Weak responses and delays only put our health, lives and livelihoods at risk as these threats become more intense, frequent, and destructive.”

“There is no question that the effects of climate change, including extreme heat, wildfires and droughts, are becoming more visible and are an issue California voters expect their leaders to act on,” said Ben Tulchin, a leading national pollster and President of Tulchin Research. “In the public opinion research we recently conducted in key battleground regions in California that could decide the makeup of the State Legislature, Congress, and ultimately how government adopts climate policies, our polling found that regions that historically have not been that supportive of climate action are now concerned about climate change and its impact and support a transition to renewable energy.” 

The polling shows that voters in Coastal San Diego are extremely conscious of the impact climate change is having on the region. Voters agreed that the effects of climate change, including extreme heat, wildfires and droughts, are an issue Californians are increasingly feeling the impact of and need to be addressed. The results found that just over 3-in-4 voters in this region (76%) agreed with this statement, including a nearly half (49%) who said they “strongly” agreed.

The polling memo can be found here.


Tulchin Research is a leading polling and strategic consulting firm. The company conducts public opinion research for a wide range of clients. Tulchin specializes in providing research and consulting services to candidates for elected office, ballot measure campaigns, labor unions, non-profits, corporations, and foundations. Through the use of traditional public opinion research, such as focus groups and telephone surveys, as well as new and emerging research technologies, including on-line focus groups and testing advertisements over the Internet, Tulchin Research delivers insights that give our clients a winning edge.


California Environmental Voters (EnviroVoters) Education Fund, formerly the California League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, believes the climate crisis is here and this moment requires transformative change. EnviroVoters Ed Fund fights for equity and justice for all Californians, from voting rights to clean air and water. We work together to make government, policy, and voting accessible by conducting public opinion research, shaping the public narrative, organizing with allies and local communities, and educating legislators on pressing environmental issues. We won’t stop until we have resilient, healthy, thriving communities, and a democracy and economy that is just and sustainable for all. Join us at and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram