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

Only 22% of Arizona voters want McSally to vote for Wheeler's confirmation; would hurt her standing

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

A new poll from EDF Action shows that Arizona voters 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, 48 percent of Arizona voters want Senator Martha McSally to oppose Wheeler, compared with only 22 percent who support the confirmation.

“Arizona 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. As a newly appointed Senator, putting a coal lobbyist in charge of environmental protection would not be a good start for Sen. McSally,” 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 McSally will be in deep trouble with voters if she supports Andrew Wheeler. McSally voting to confirm a former coal lobbyist for EPA Administrator may turn a lot of moderate Arizona voters against her.”

The survey of 844 Arizona voters ran from January 31 to February 3, 2019.  A memo on the poll can be seen here