New polling data commissioned by the Partnership for a Better Energy Future and compiled by Paragon Insights reveals sharp differences between the American public and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) when it comes to energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) policies. These results should serve as a stern warning that the EPA is headed in the wrong direction.
In a nationwide survey of 1,340 likely voters conducted from October 3 – 9, nearly half of those polled say they are not willing to pay a single dollar more in their energy bill to accommodate the new EPA regulations. And nearly 40 percent of those surveyed are less likely to cast their vote for a candidate that supports EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Only 22 percent, meanwhile, indicated that they would be more likely to support a candidate that backed the rules.
A plurality (47 percent) oppose the regulations. In those states that stand to be hit hardest by the rule’s expected energy price increases and job loss impacts, data finds opposition in excess of 50 percent. Middle class voters and seniors are among the top opponents of the rule. The contrast between what the public wants and what EPA is doing is even greater in 11 battleground states surveyed by Paragon Insights.
The Partnership’s survey showed definitively that voters don’t support a regulatory structure that will increase their household power prices in exchange for modest global emissions reductions. They believe we shouldn’t be jumping head-first into aggressive new energy constraints unless the rest of the world is making real commitments as well. And respondents believe, by a nearly 40-point margin, that energy and climate policy should come from Congress working with the President, not from executive action alone.
Given that emerging data projects double digit percentage power price increases in 43 states – and potential rate spikes above 20 percent in many key states – the message to EPA should be clear: go back to the drawing board on this costly rule, and commit to revised rules that do not harm the American economy.
Read all of our polling data here.