Nevada voters are concerned with climate change and conserving the Ruby Mountains, a new report gauging voter opinions in eight western states found.
The new poll released Thursday found that in Nevada, 64 percent of respondents in classify themselves as a conservationist, and 71 percent said they don't support oil and gas drilling happening on Forest Service land in the Ruby Mountains.
Seventy-eight percent of Nevadans say that issues like clean energy, water and public lands protection is vital to the health of the state and its politics. That said, 78 percent also agreed that companies who extract minerals on public lands should pay higher royalty fees to do so.
On climate change, the poll found 59 percent believe it's pressing issue, and 72 percent, believe that Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, should work to push and implement a plan to fight and reduce carbon pollution, which contributes to the growth of climate change.
On top of that, 74 percent believe that companies shouldn't be allowed to drill for oil or gas on public lands where wildlife migrates. Most notably, 71 percent agrees with the concept that at least 30 percent of all of America's public lands and oceans should be protected by the year 2030.
“Support for conservation on public lands has remained consistent and strong over the decade-long history of our poll,” said Corina McKendry, a political science professor at Colorado College and the project's director. “The urgency and demand for action behind those feelings is now intensifying as voters in the West increasingly believe their lands and lifestyles are coming under attack from the impacts of climate change and energy development.”
The project surveyed 400 Nevada voters in January and the poll has a 4.9 percent statewide margin of error rate.