Polls: Climate Making Its Way Back to Top the Charts

Polls this week, taken to gauge the public’s reaction to EPA’s announcement on power plant regulations, show that voters are tired of anti-climate science rhetoric and they widely support reigning in emissions.

When asked if they would vote for a Presidential candidate in 2016 who doesn’t believe in climate change or that humans are causing it, 62% say "No." Independents, in particular, have little tolerance for that, with 71% saying "No."

By 56% to 33%, voters say they put more stock in what  scientists say than other sources on climate change – 57% to 27% for Independents. The poll was conducted by Public Policy Institute.

Climate Denial Head in Sand

A Washington Post-ABC News poll, finds that concern about climate change is growing dramatically. 57% of Americans call climate change of Very Serious Problem and 69% a Serious Problem. 75% of Democrats view it as a very serious problem, compared with 33% of Republicans.

70% of Americans support EPA’s new rules on power plants –  79% of Democrats, 76% of Independents and 57% of Republicans. Even among the Tea Party, 50% want federal caps on emissions imposed, while 45% do not.

And what if lowering greenhouse gas emissions adds $20 to your monthly utility bill? 63% still want regulations – 71% of Democrats, 64% of Independents and 51% of Republicans.

Even in coal-dependent states, citizens want action, with 69% saying the government should limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Approval for federal control over power plant emissions isn’t new. Since 2009, Washington Post-ABC News polls have shown that 65%-75% of respondents support limits.

Here’s the poll:

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