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Yet Another Poll Shows American Support for the Bipartisan Climate and Clean Energy Jobs Bill - And Know the Planet is Warming - Even In the Face Of Anti-Science Noise Machine
Joe Romm, 11 Dec 09

climate-change1.jpg A McClatchy-Ipsos poll from December 3-6 – taken at the height of the stolen email media feeding frenzy – found that that 70% of Americans believe that global warming is indeed a reality.

McClatchy also found that 52% of Americans polled still support passing "cap and trade" legislation in Congress. And that's despite relentless attacks on climate science and the solutions - with big oil and other special energy interests having spent millions of dollars spreading falsehoods about clean energy reforms and the climate bill - as well as the weakest economy in 80 years.

Even more Americans – 69% of those polled – support cap and trade legislation if it will create a significant number of American jobs, even if it will cost them $10 a month, while 60% support cap and trade at a cost of $25 a month if it creates jobs.

The good news is that essentially every major independent analysis finds the cost around $10 a month:

And analysis shows the the bipartisan climate and clean energy bill will create 1.7 million clean energy jobs.

Significantly, this new poll is consistent with every other recent poll:

Finally, recent polling from 3 key states — and 5 key districts — finds strong support for the bipartisan climate and clean energy bill (see here, from November):

  • 75% of voters in Michigan favor.
  • 68% of voters in Ohio favor.
  • 67% of voters in Missouri favor.
  • 61% of voters in Florida’s 2nd district support.
  • 69% of voters in New Mexico’s 2nd district support.
  • 63% of voters in Ohio’s 16th district support.
  • 70% of voters in Virginia’s 5th district support.
  • 68% of voters in Washington’s 8th district support.

So, yes, the public can see through the lies. Can 60+ Senators?

Tina Ramos, Special Assistant for Energy Policy at the Center for American Progress, helped with this post.

This piece originally appeared on Climate Progress.

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