July 11th, 2007
02:55 PM ET
11 years ago

MoveOn.org members warm to Edwards

Edwards is the winner of a MoveOn.org straw poll.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards tops a recent straw poll of MoveOn.org members on climate-change policy, the liberal political action committee announced Wednesday.

Asked which Democratic "presidential candidate's position on dealing with the climate crisis” is most preferable, Edwards topped the list with 33 percent - more than double the support received by the second place finisher, Dennis Kucinich (16 percent).

New York Sen. Hillary Clinton comes in a close third with just under 16 percent, followed by Illinois Sen. Barack Obama (15 percent), New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson (13 percent), Delaware Sen. Joe Biden (3 percent), Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd (3 percent) and former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel (2 percent).

A total of 95,284 people voted in the poll, according to MoveOn.org spokesman Trevor Fitzgibbon. That number is nearly the amount of Democrats who participated in the 2004 Iowa Caucus.

The poll followed a virtual town hall Saturday night on the issue. All of the candidates participated. It was the largest event sponsored by MoveOn.org since 2004, according to the organization, with over 100,000 people either watching online or attending one of 1,300 house parties.

“The enormous response we got from our members on this issue emphasizes how important it will be for our next president to make solving the climate crisis a top priority in 2008,” said Eli Pariser, Executive Director of MoveOn.org, in a statement.

The group plans to run ads in Iowa and New Hampshire newspapers next week announcing the results.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Ross, Chautauqua, NY

    Another reason why John Edwards should be our next President-he has sincere solutions to real problems!

    July 11, 2007 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. Pei, Cherry Hill, NJ

    No mention of the Edwards and Dodd camps who emailed supporters and asked them to flood the poll?

    July 11, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Todd, Forestdale, MA

    This shows you all you need to know about Edwards - and that's to avoid him like he had leprosy.
    Oh, but you're hair looks great, John!

    July 11, 2007 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  4. West Columbia, SC

    EDWARDS is going to be our next president, unless of course, Pelosi inherits the job due the impeachments (and removals) of Bush and Cheney !!

    Go JOHN !! I look forward to meeting Elizabeth in Columbia on the 26th.


    July 11, 2007 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. Bruce, Franklin, TN

    MoveOn.org is part of the American political problem, not part of the solution. All we hear about is the extremes in the political process, not the mainstream thought that appeals to the majority of Americans. When will the parties (and the candidates) catch on?

    July 11, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  6. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    A question about Climate Control? Interesting. The Whole World is consumed with questions about Bush and his Disastrous Leadership with the Iraq War and they put forth a question on Climate Control! And then get all excited about Edwards top ratings on an issue that is 4th or 5th or lower on the most important issues facing Americans ...

    Nice spin on ducking the real issues...

    Maybe he should try another new Hair Style?

    July 11, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  7. Dave, Philadelphia, PA

    Of course there was no mention!!! There's no reason to mention something that every single campaign is doing, asking for support.

    But it's ok. I won't mention the lengths some people will reach for, in an attempt to stir in some dirt and spoil fair political debate.

    July 12, 2007 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  8. Dave, Charlotte, NC

    Senator Edwards seems to have his priorities straight, by dealing with the most urgent issues first and foremost. And he does so in a systemic way. After all, enviromental crises, poverty, unemployment, hunger, social justice....these are all related issues, and can be tackled, to a large extent, simultaneously.

    July 12, 2007 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. DJ, Des Moines, IA

    It's fun to see the fear Edwards engenders in the resident CONservatives. It's understandable, seeing how he has lead with concrete solutions to every major issue facing this nation, solutions which enjoy majority support.

    The fact that you 28%ers attack a person's hair, of all things, demonstrates the depths to which you have fallen and predicts the magnitude of your defeat in 2008. If Edwards is the nominee, the GOP will be lucky to patch together 150 electoral votes. Talk about mandates.

    Go ahead and keep squealing about haircuts and middle names, Repubs, while cheering on your fake cowboy President and cross-dressing front-runner. Your hypocrisy knows no bounds, and it will be punished severely in the next election.

    Oh, by the way, Repugs, exactly how many phone calls to that DC Madame did your family values poster-boy Vitter make? Man, he was a busy little beaver.

    July 12, 2007 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    DJ ~ Des Moines, IA asks, "Oh, by the way, Repugs, exactly how many phone calls to that DC Madame did your family values poster-boy Vitter make?"

    Answer: I imagine the # of times Vitters called the DC Madam is about the same... as the # of women that stepped forward to claim Sexual Harrassment and/or Rape against the husband of the Democratic Party frontrunner. Or perhaps the same # of male congressional pages Barney Frank has solicited??

    July 12, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Joe Shepard, Spring Lake North Carolina

    an endorsement from moveon.org?? now, that is an endorsement!!! Whoooopeeeee

    July 12, 2007 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. Carl, Dallas, Texas

    Why can people figure out how unimportant global warming really is to these politicians other than votes?!?!?!

    Open your brain up to thought and think about it, if it truly was THAT big an issue, World governments would be banning the use of fossil fuels and carbon emissions right this moment... instead of using some 60 years in the future excuse... boo

    July 12, 2007 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |