Survey Reported on President's Energy Policy

Survey Reported on President's Energy Policy

Numbers very similar to those of a decade ago.

According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll, most Americans approve of the way President Obama is handling energy issues and support efforts by him and Democrats in Congress to overhaul energy policy including the controversial cap-and-trade approach to limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

Nearly six in 10 of those polled support the proposed changes to
U.S. energy policy with 52% backing a cap-and-trade system; that margin is unchanged since June. A cap-and-trade system would set a ceiling for the nation's greenhouse gas emissions, and it would allow firms to buy and sell emissions permits.

The public's preferences regarding energy sources to meet the nation's needs remain mostly the same as they were at the start of the decade, with a modest uptick in support for new nuclear power plants and a decline in support for building oil-, coal- or natural gas-fueled plants. Solar and wind power enjoy near-universal support; nine in 10 people support further development. More than eight in 10 favor requirements for greater fuel efficiency.

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