09 May '11, 8pm

Pew: 71% of Americans say “This country should do whatever it takes to protect the environment.”

Pew: 71% of Americans say “This country should do whatever it takes to protect the environment.”

General support for tougher environmental protection remains strong as evidenced by the polling numbers cited at the top. A related question found 53% of Americans believe “Stricter environmental laws and regulations are worth the cost” compared to 39% says “Stricter environmental laws and regulations cost too many jobs and hurt the economy.” Reconciling that with the71% who say they believe “This country should do whatever it takes to protect the environment,” would seem to imply that even some people who think environmental laws and regulations hurt the economy still want tougher environmental protection, which in turn would suggest that the overwhelming majority of Americans are not economists.

Full article: http://climateprogress.org/2011/05/09/pew-poll-protect-th...

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