The EPA’s new rules proposed for power plant emissions may have changed a few minds about the seriousness of climate change. Polling 1,005 U.S. adults, a report published yesterday finds that many US citizens say they would pay more for energy if their contribution would reduce climate change caused by pollution.
The vote is nearly two-to-one (62-33%), with a ± 3.1 percentage point margin for error, to use individuals’ money to slow climate change. Selzer & Co. of Des Moines conducted the survey for the Bloomberg News National Poll from June 6-9 with 1,005 US adults ages 18 or older, weighted by sex, age, and race.
Over four out of five Democrats (82%) supported the statement (want to slow climate change), and 60% of independents. Republicans narrowly split on the issue (46% willing to pay more and 49% opposed). From J. Ann Selzer, founder of the polling firm:
“It is a rare poll where people responding will stand up and say ‘tax me.’”
Lisa Lerer of Bloomberg reports that majorities of female, young, and independent respondents who plan to vote in the midterm elections say candidates who support measures to curb climate change are more likely to win their votes. A majority of Americans polled see climate change as a threat—46% classify it as “major,” and 27% as “minor.” Half would like the federal government to step in and slow climate change in the next decade.