Fewer Americans think environmental regulations are worth the cost: poll
Still, less than half of Americans said the regulations would "cost too many jobs and hurt the economy."
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Fewer Americans in 2022 think that environmental regulations are worth the cost than they did three years ago, a Pew Research Center survey released Thursday shows.
While most Americans, 53%, stated that stricter environmental laws are worth the cost, 45% said the regulations would "cost too many jobs and hurt the economy."
In 2019, 65% of Americans said the regulations are worth the cost while 33% were against it.
While the percentage of Democrats who support more environmental laws decreased from 85% to 78%, Republican support fell nearly 20 points, from 43% to 24%.
Both parties overwhelmingly support planting "about a trillion trees to absorb carbon emissions," with 89% of Republicans and 91% of Democrats in favor of the measure. The two sides diverge on climate change plans that would require more government involvement.
Less than half of all Republicans, 49%, support providing "a tax credit to businesses for developing carbon capture/storage," compared to 90% of Democrats.
Eighty-six percent of Democrats stated that they support taxing companies based on their carbon emissions, compared to 46% of Republicans.
The poll also showed that younger GOP members are more environmentally conscious.
For example, 47% of Republicans ages 18-29 said the federal government is not doing enough to reduce the effects of climate change compared to 18% of Republicans over the age of 65.
A majority of young Republicans, 58%, stated that they favor providing incentives for people to use electric and hybrid vehicles, but only 35% of those over 65 responded similarly.
Americans may be more financially conscious now than they were when the question was first asked in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic and inflation shook the global economy.
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