NEW POLL: Voting to Confirm a Coal Lobbyist Would Hurt Sen. Gardner

Only 24% of Coloradans want Gardner to vote for Wheeler's confirmation; would hurt his standing

February 6, 2019
Keith Gaby,, (703) 625-8218

A new poll from EDF Action shows that Coloradans overwhelmingly oppose President Trump’s nomination of a former coal lobbyist, Andrew Wheeler, to run the Environmental Protection Agency. With a confirmation vote expected shortly, 50 percent of Colorado voters want Senator Cory Gardner to oppose Wheeler, compared with only 24 percent who support the confirmation.

“Colorado families care about clean air and water, so I think it’s a shock to them that a former coal lobbyist might be put in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency. Gardner got elected by standing in front of wind turbines and claiming to support clean energy. Voting to put a coal lobbyist in charge of EPA would not live up to that promise,” said Joe Bonfiglio, President of EDF Action.

Jim Williams, of Public Policy Polling, which conducted and analyzed the poll, added, “This poll shows that Senator Gardner will be in deep trouble with voters if he supports Andrew Wheeler. If Gardner votes to confirm Wheeler that’s going to turn a lot of moderate Colorado voters against him.”

The survey of 737 Colorado voters was conducted from January 31 to February 3, 2019. A memo on the poll can be seen here.