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42% Think Federal Government Should Set Environmental Policy

42% Think Federal Government Should Set Environmental Policy

Fewer than half of U.S. voters believe the federal government should have the final say when it comes to environmental protection, and they remain critical of the Environmental Protection Agency and its impact on the economy. These findings come at a time when voters increasingly are blaming human activity more than planetary trends for global warming. 

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 42% of Likely U.S. Voters think the federal government should set the rules and regulations for environmental protection. Twenty-five percent (25%) think state governments should have that responsibility, while 17% would prefer to look to the United Nations or some other international organization. Just six percent (6%) would rely on local governments for environmental rules and regulations. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 28-29, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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