Voters Aren't Willing to Pay to Fight Climate Change
President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris anti-global warming agreement last week in part because of his concern about its potential impact on the U.S. economy. Voters tend to agree the accord would have led to increased energy costs, and most remain unwilling to pay much, if anything, more to fight global warming.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 41% of Likely U.S. Voters think the accord’s requirement that the United States reduce fossil fuel emissions by nearly 30% by 2025 would increase energy costs. Just 20% believe the requirement would decrease the cost of energy, while 23% say it would have no impact. Sixteen percent (16%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 31-June 1, 2017 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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