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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 06/10/2010

Most Americans say regulate greenhouse gases

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

By  |  07:00 AM ET, 06/10/2010

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