Minorities want Obama to focus on jobs, not climate change: Poll

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The vast majority of African-American and Hispanic voters want President Obama's priority to be job growth over climate change, and large percentages of minority voters fear new environmental rules will raise electricity rates, according to new polling data.

The Thursday poll results show that 66 percent of African-American voters and 61 percent of Hispanics think the president's priority should be job creation. "Only 3 percent of African American voters and 4 percent of Hispanic voters said improving air quality should be a top priority," according to the poll from American Association of Blacks in Energy, a group representing black professionals in the energy industry.

When told that a range of climate regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency, including ozone rules that are expected to be the costliest in history, would raise electricity rates, 54 percent of Hispanic voters said they were "less likely to support" the measures. African-Americans polled lower in their responses to the same statement, with 46 percent being less likely to support EPA's rules.

"The message to the president was clear: Job creation and economic growth in the African American and Hispanic communities should be priorities," said Paula Jackson, the group's CEO.

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