Poll: Climate Change A Top Concern For Latinos

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Meat-and-potatoes issues like jobs and immigration may take most headlines, but Latinos do have other issues on their priority list -- like climate change.

The latest polling data shows that Latinos are helping to lead the charge in addressing the issue of global warming.

Following President Obama’s comments about climate change in his state of the union address, a national poll was conducted by the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) to gauge how Latinos responded.

“In light of state of the union, we wanted to see where Latinos stood on Obama’s comments about climate change,” Adrianna Quintero, director of Voces Verdes, a group that worked with the NRDC on the poll, told Fox News Latino.

The poll showed 74 percent of Latinos -- 1,218 were polled -- believe climate change is a very serious problem.

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This number is almost 10 percent higher than the national average among all American adults.

The impacts of climate change are very closely felt in the Latino community.

- Adrianna Quintero, Director of Voces Verdes

“What was surprising was that once again Latinos have higher support for taking action against global warming,” said Quintero.

Latinos also feel the President has the right to use his authority to reduce carbon pollution and they agree with Obama that more must be done to abate climate change "for the sake of our children."

Andrea Delgado, a legislative representative at Earth Justice and former fellow at National Latino Coalition on Climate Change, pointed out that global warming has been like the sleeping gian issue in the Latino community.

They perceive it as being correlated to other important issues.

“It’s an economic issue. It’s a health issue,” Delgado said. “Making sure were protecting communities all across the board, means nurturing cleaner energy from cradle to grave.”

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