With Wildfires Raging and Temperatures Soaring, New Poll Shows Idahoans Want Climate Action

July 8, 2021
Hannah Blatt, hblatt@edfaction.org, 202-572-3534

(Washington, D.C. – July 8, 2021) Today, EDF Action, the advocacy partner of the Environmental Defense Fund, released a poll by Morning Consult that shows a large majority of Idahoans are concerned about extreme heat and wildfires. The poll shows strong public support for action to address heatwaves, wildfires and the underlying climate-related factors that cause drought. The poll comes as the state is experiencing extreme heat and wildfire, which are impacting local communities and the health and well-being of Idahoans.

Key Idahoans Findings:

  • 78% of respondents are concerned about extreme heat while 80% are concerned with wildfires. And respondents reconcile the wide-ranging and harmful impacts fires and heat have on the environment (fires 77% and heat 74%), health (fire 78% and heat 78%) and air quality (fire 87% and heat 68%).
  • Bipartisan majorities support a wide array of measures to prevent fires, including:
    • Increasing funding for the U.S. Forest Service that would specifically be designated for preventing wildfires (83%)
    • Removing vegetation at risk of starting wildfires, such as dead trees, and selling or recycling it in order to generate revenue for restoration efforts (81%)
    • Expanding energy efficiency programs to reduce the strain on electricity, gas and water systems and our citizen’s wallets (78%)
    • Adopting stronger pollution limits for vehicles and power plants in order to increase air quality (61%)
    • Implementing policy and technical solutions that even the burden among citizens during power outage crisis (61%).
  • Around four in five respondents say it’s important for the federal government (78%), state government (84%), local government (84%) and private landowners (80%) to invest in better forest management to build resilience to wildfires.
  • A majority of respondents want candidates running for the U.S. Senate to support aggressive action to address wildfires (56%).
  • Two thirds of respondents believe it’s important for lawmakers at the federal (67%), state (72%) and local (69%) levels to pass legislation to address the underlying climate-related factors causing drought.

Explore the ID polling memo here.

“It’s only a few weeks into the official start of summer and Idaho is already suffering through extreme heat and a potentially historic fire season,” said EDF Action Communication Manager Hannah Blatt. “The public is concerned about this extreme weather and wants leaders to take action on climate change, fire prevention, improving air quality and tackling the drought. We have no time to waste, we must act now to protect our environment, safeguard lives and the health of our communities.”