Registered voters are unlikely to hold the U.S.’s decision to bail from the highly contentious Paris climate deal against President Donald Trump, according to a survey from The Washington Post.
Voters are twice as likely to approve of President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the climate agreement — 33 percent to 15 percent, pollsters noted Monday. The ABC-WaPo poll found the majority of those surveyed oppose Trump’s decision.
Still, the poll appears to give some credence to a poll earlier this month from Reuters, which found citizens are more concerned about the economy and national security than they are climate change.
Reuters found that only 4 percent of people believe the environment is a bigger issue than the economy, terrorism, immigration and other more pertinent issues.
Nearly 60 percent of those polled oppose Trump’s handling of the climate deal, while 28 percent are supportive of the decision to nix part of former President Barack Obama’s climate legacy.
Obama promised to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. He also pledged $3 billion to help poorer countries like China and India to reduce their emissions.
Trump’s predecessor signaled a dour noted about the president’s move to remove the U.S. from the non-binding agreement.
“Obviously I’m disappointed with the current American administration decision to pull out of Paris,” Obama said Tuesday during a speech in Canada. “We’re going to have to act with more urgency. I’m looking forward to the United States being a leader and not just on the sidelines going forward.”
The reactions also break down sharply along partisan lines, as 67 percent of Republicans support Trump’s action, and 8 percent of Democrats.
Republicans are also prone to believe the president’s move will result in economic benefits, with more than three-quarters saying that leaving the 200-member accord will help the economy and 73 percent saying it will create more jobs like those in the fossil fuel industry.
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