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Voters Favor EPA Reduction in CO2 Emissions, Are Torn on Environmental Impact

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Trump administration plans to roll back an Obama-era Environmental Protection Agency regulation that requires a big drop in carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 2030. Though voters would prefer to keep that regulation in place and are less concerned now about the costs involved in implementing the requirements, they’re still torn on the impact it will have on fighting global warming.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 56% of Likely U.S. Voters favor an EPA regulation that requires a one-third drop in carbon dioxide emissions from power plants over the next 13 years, while 33% oppose such a regulation. Another 12% are not sure. This is generally unchanged from 2014, when the EPA first announced the new regulation. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

 

 

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The national survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on October 10-11, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Fieldwork for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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