Survey results reflect the Hispanic community’s concern with climate change

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A January 2015 survey conducted by Stanford University, the New York Times, and Resources for the Future, a non-profit organization, reveals that Hispanics are more likely than non-Hispanic whites to view global warming as a problem that affects them personally. The nationwide survey results further highlight the fact that of those surveyed, Hispanics were more likely to support policies such as taxes and regulations on greenhouse gas pollution, than non-Hispanic whites. According to the recent New York Times article on the climate change survey results

Hispanics typically rate immigration, education and employment in the top tier of the policy issues on which they vote, but the poll is the latest in a growing body of data showing that Hispanics also care intensely about environmental issues.

A study published in 2014 in the scientific journal, PLOS One revealed that nationally minorities were exposed to nitrogen dioxide (which is linked to respiratory illness) at a rate 38% higher than Caucasians. According to Gabriel Sanchez, associate professor of political science at the University of New Mexico and director of Latino Decisions a survey firm, populations that experience high levels of exposure to nitrogen dioxide are more likely to be more supportive of pollution regulation.

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