US Voters Trust Obama More Than Romney on Energy Policy

Two major new polls show Americans favor President Obama’s energy policy to the approach outlined last week by the Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

President Obama’s energy policy emphasizes replacing fossil fuel subsidies with support for renewable energy, and calls for a national Clean Energy Standard. In contrast, Romney’s philosophy focuses solely on fossil fuels.

When asked which candidate they trust to do a better job on energy, 49% of registered voters responding to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll picked Obama and 41% picked Romney.

The gap is even bigger when all adult respondents are considered (not just registered voters): with a 49% to 37% lead for Obama.

The results echo a separate poll by USA Today/Gallup released late last week, in which 53% of respondents indicated they thought Obama would do a better job of handling energy, versus 40% for Romney.

Although there are many issues voters will consider, energy promises to be a major battleground given the success of renewables under Obama and the heavy-handed emphasis on coal and oil in Romney’s platform.

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