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GOP pollster says voters focus on environment more when economy is growing

Republican pollster Ed Goeas said on Wednesday that voters tend to care about the environment more when the economy is doing well because they're not as worried about their own personal finances. "One of the factors that has always been there with the environment is that when the economy is good, people are willing to pay attention to the environment," Goeas, president and CEO of the Tarrance Group, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking." "When the economy is bad, they don't care," he continued. "What they care about is their immediate situation, being able to feed their families," he continued. The U.S. economy has experienced momentum recently, with the latest jobs report in April showing the economy added 263,000 jobs, well past expectations. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage points to 3.6 percent, the lowest since 1969. Democrats have sought to make environmental reforms and climate change a major issue in the 2020 campaign, spurring attacks from Republicans. President Trump, for example, has mocked the Green New Deal, an ambitious initiative championed by Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) A Gallup survey released last month found that 65 percent of Americans prioritize the environment over the economy.

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