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DEBATE NIGHT: New Poll Shows Strong EPA Support, FOX News Viewers Split on EPA Action

Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or

September 22, 2011  

WASHINGTON – In advance of tonight’s FOX News/ Google presidential debate, the League of Conservation Voters released new public opinion research by the Republican firm Public Opinion Strategies that demonstrates strong majority support for EPA efforts to reduce global warming pollution. Fully 71 percent indicate support for requiring reductions in carbon emissions, including a solid majority of Republican voters.

Additionally, respondents who identified themselves as Fox News viewers were the most divided in their views of EPA action, while the majority of those who rely on other major TV news sources were overwhelmingly supportive.

"Despite the rhetoric coming from most of the Republican presidential candidates, this poll demonstrates what previous research has consistently shown: Americans across the country – including Republican voters – trust the EPA to limit global warming pollution," said LCV Senior Vice President of Campaigns Navin Nayak. "And whether or not tonight’s Fox News presidential debate will provide a platform for the candidates to attack the EPA once again can’t be predicted, but this research shows that FOX News viewers are the most divided on whether the EPA should curb harmful pollution."

Support for "the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requiring reductions in carbon emissions from sources like power plants, cars and factories in an effort to reduce global warming pollution" is wide-spread and broad-based.  Majorities of a wide range of key voter sub-groups support this, including:

  • Among Republicans (55 percent support), Independents (72 percent support), and Democrats (89 percent support); and

  • Among viewers of CNN (87 percent support), MSNBC (86 percent support), ABC/CBS/NBC (81 percent support), and Fox News (49 percent support).

From September 17-19, 2011, Public Opinion Strategies completed 800 telephone interviews with registered voters throughout the nation.  The sample was distributed proportionally by state, and is representative of the overall electorate.

The full poll memo is available here:

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