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2020 Congressional Candidate Survey Results

The responses to the BuildingAction 2020 Congressional candidates questionnaire show there is hope for bipartisan action on legislation to make buildings more sustainable – and that elected officials want to be engaged with the building sector.

More than 115 candidates for the House and Senate responded to the first-ever questionnaire, which asked candidates their views on various proposals to make buildings more sustainable, resilient and healthier.

 

You can see the individual results here, but here are some of the topline results:

  • Of the respondents, 45% were Democrats, 21% were Republicans, and 34% were Independents or other parties.

 

  • Among respondents, 82% were candidates for the House, while 18% were running for the Senate. Incumbents made up 13% of respondents.

 

  • Responses came from 35 states, representing 88% of the U.S. population

 

  • When asked if they would work with the building sector to transform buildings, including joining caucuses, if elected, 89% said they would.

 

  • Support for specific building-related policies was strong among candidates regardless of party:

    • 85% support expanding tax incentives for energy efficient buildings

    • 84% support homeowner rebates for energy efficiency

    • 80% support making buildings more resilient from disasters

    • 79% support retrofitting schools, community centers, and libraries

    • 72% support helping states, localities adopt up-to-date energy building codes

 

  • A majority of both republican and Democratic candidates, as well as Independent/Other candidates, supported most policy proposals, although support was higher among Democrats.

 

 

Click here for detailed results.

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