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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

What America Thinks: Slow Down, Mr. President

President Obama has decided to start implementing the Paris climate change accord even though the Senate hasn't approved it. Voters have long opposed his use of go-it-alone executive actions and don’t support the Paris accord, even though they worry about the impact of global warming. Which is more important to voters? We decided to find out what America thinks.

When it comes to dealing with global warming, only 33% think Obama should take action alone. Fifty-seven percent (57%) think the government should only do what the president and Congress agree on. 44% think, when it comes to the executive actions he has taken in the White House, Obama has been less faithful to the U.S. Constitution than past presidents. But 49% do believe he takes executive actions because he is trying to do the right thing. Nearly as many (44%), however, think his actions are mostly motivated by politics.

Most voters consider global warming a serious problem and think the United States should take immediate action on it. Except that most aren’t willing to pay much, if anything, more in taxes and utility costs to help fight it.

Plus – unlike the president - only 25% think the scientific debate about global warming is over.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.