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New Poll Shows Strong Public Support in Midwest for EPA Setting New Standards to Limit Pollution, Opposition to Delay

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or kate_geller@lcv.org March 28, 2011  

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:

  • When it comes to deciding whether there should be new standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants and other industrial facilities, voters in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Michigan trust the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency more than they trust Congress to make this determination. Three in five (63%) voters in the three Midwestern states say they trust the EPA more than Congress to decide whether there should be new standards for carbon pollution.
  • Two-thirds (64%) of voters in the three Midwestern states support the EPA setting new standards that limit carbon pollution from power plants and other industrial facilities.
  • By a large margin, voters in the three Midwestern states oppose Congress imposing a two-year delay on the EPA’s ability to regulate carbon pollution. Three in five (62%) say Congress should NOT intervene to stop the EPA from taking action during the next two years and only 31% say that Congress should stop the EPA from taking action to limit carbon pollution over the next two years.

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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