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New Poll Shows Strong Public Support for Senate Action on Comprehensive Clean Energy and Climate Bill

Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or July 14, 2010  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With this week’s announcement by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that the Senate will move to a comprehensive clean energy and climate bill this month, the League of Conservation Voters released new public opinion research today that demonstrates nearly 7 out of 10 voters want the Senate to act on comprehensive climate and energy legislation.

“What this poll demonstrates is that the Senate is doing the right thing in moving to a comprehensive clean energy and climate bill that holds polluters accountable, reduces our dependence on oil, cuts pollution and creates new American jobs,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski.  “The opposition has been saying for years that Americans don’t want a comprehensive energy policy, but poll after poll shows the opponents are wrong.”

The new poll by the Benenson Strategy Group shows 67 percent of voters believe the federal government should be doing more when it comes to regulating corporate polluters and 65 percent believe the federal government should invest more in clean energy sources.

In the aftermath of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico – the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history – voters believe Congress needs to do more than just make BP pay. Additionally, voters reject the opposition’s position that “now is not the time.”

Among the topline findings of the poll are:

  • Overall, 60 percent of 2010 voters, and 56 percent of Independents, support a bill “that will limit pollution, invest in domestic energy sources and encourage companies to use and develop clean energy. It would do this in part by charging energy companies for carbon pollution in electricity or fuels like oil.”

  •  The vast majority of voters believe the federal government should be doing more to hold corporate polluters accountable (67 percent) and invest in more clean energy sources (65 percent).

  •  Voters reject the opposition’s position that “now is not the time.” Even when pressed with false opposition attacks that this is a “job-killing energy tax”, voters support action:

    o   When asked, only 36 percent agree with: “We need to ensure that BP pays every last dime of the damages they’ve caused, but beyond that, Senators should focus on getting our economy back on track and creating jobs, not passing some huge new Washington program and job-killing energy tax.”


    o   Whereas 56 percent agree with: “BP must pay for the damage they’ve done. But our addiction to oil threatens our security and we need more than a band-aid for that. Senators need to pass real reforms to hold polluters accountable and invest in clean American energy."

  • Even in the face of harsh messaging from the opposition, 57 percent of likely 2010 voters support a comprehensive energy bill.

The poll was conducted nationally July 6-8 among 807 likely 2010 voters.


The full poll memo is available here:


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