25% Favor Abolishing EPA, 61% Oppose
Though voters nationwide place more importance on jobs than environmental protection, just one in four thinks the Environmental Protection Agency should be abolished.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters shows that 25% are in favor or abolishing the EPA. Sixty-one percent (61%) oppose shutting down the EPA, while another 15% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
While opposed to abolishing the agency, most voters do believe that any EPA regulations should be approved by Congress before they can be implemented.
The survey also found that 51% of voters say protecting jobs is more important than protecting the environment. Thirty-one percent (31%) take the opposite view and say protecting the environment is more important. Another 17% are undecided.
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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 18-19, 2011 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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