In advance of an expected Senate vote today on a GOP plan to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows broad public support for the new oversight.
Some 71 percent of those surveyed back federal regulation of the release of greenhouse gases from sources like power plants, cars and factories in an effort to reduce global warming. The idea also had strong majority support in polls last year.
Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski's resolution would prevent the EPA from regulating greenhouse emissions under the Clean Air Act. The White House has threatened to veto the bill should it pass.
In the poll, Democrats and independents broadly support EPA regulation of greenhouse gases, with most strongly behind the new controls. More than half of Republicans also favor the new controls.
Q: do you think the federal government should or should not regulate the release of greenhouse gases from sources like power plants, cars and factories in an effort to reduce global warming? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?
---- Should ------- --- Should not ---- No NET Strngly Smwht NET Smwht Strngly opin. All adults 71 52 19 26 7 19 4 Democrats 81 65 17 16 7 9 2 Republicans 55 32 23 39 7 33 5 Independents 69 52 18 27 7 20 3