WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the League of Conservation Voters released new public opinion research by Hart Research Associates that demonstrates three in five (63%) voters in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan trust the EPA more than Congress to decide whether there should be new standards for carbon pollution. By the same margin, voters in the three Midwestern states oppose Congress imposing a two-year delay on the EPA’s ability to regulate carbon pollution. This polling shows that voters in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania strongly oppose an approach like Sen. Rockefeller’s, whose legislation is expected to be voted on this week.
“What this poll demonstrates is that the public trusts the EPA to do its job to protect public health and limit dangerous pollution and does not want Congress to stand in the way of necessary safeguards,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “Americans want scientists at the EPA, not politicians in Congress, to determine air pollution limits. Corporate polluters should not get a free pass on carbon pollution just because they contribute generously to the campaign coffers of their allies in Congress.”
Among the topline findings of the poll are:
The poll was conducted among 1,501 voters in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Interviews were conducted by telephone from February 18 and 22, 2011.
The full poll memo is available here: http://lcv.org/midwestpollmemo
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