Enviros release poll showing support in California for $15B climate bond

By Alex Nieves | 03/13/2024 06:50 AM EDT

The broad support came despite a majority of respondents expressing fears that the state is headed in the wrong direction economically.

Firefighters with California State Parks monitor a prescribed burn at Wilder Ranch State Park.

The survey found that 72 percent of voters interviewed rate wildfire risk as an extreme or very serious concern. Nic Coury/AFP via Getty Images

A majority of California voters would support a $15 billion climate bond proposal on the November ballot — more than would support a less-expensive measure, according to new polling by The Nature Conservancy.

The poll, completed last week by FM3 Research and released to POLITICO on Monday, found that 60 percent of registered voters would back a $15 billion bond focused on safe drinking water, wildfire prevention, clean energy and other climate programs. The level of support dipped slightly to 58 percent when voters were presented with a $10 billion proposal.

The poll question also asked voters to assume that a separate $14 billion K-14 school bond will appear on the ballot.


Climate bond supporters are trying to shore up support with Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and lawmakers as they compete for space on the November ballot with a pair of school infrastructure bonds north of $14 billion and a $10 billion housing proposal. A $6.4 billion mental health bond that was on last week’s ballot, Proposition 1, is hovering just above 50 percent as the state tallies mail-in votes.