Poll: Americans favor global-warming action


A national poll by Stanford University researchers found that 85 percent of Americans feel that global warming is "probably" happening and 73 percent favor government-imposed standards for fuel and energy companies to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

The poll was released today by the university, New Scientist magazine and Resources for the Future, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.

Those polled said they would be willing to pay $10 more a month in exchange for government standards to reduce greenhouse gases.

Less than half of those polled -- 47 percent -- favor a "cap and trade" program where government limits greenhouse-gas emissions but allows companies to trade permits to exceed their limit.

"This survey helps policymakers anticipate which policies could be sold to the public and which couldn't," said Jon Krosnick, a Stanford professor of communication and political science who helped design the poll.

"Our findings suggest that Americans are open to policies they think will work and are affordable," he added.

The poll is featured in New Scientist's cover story this week and is being discussed today at the National Press Club in Washington.

— Don Kazak

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