Poll: AB 32 support declines as voters balk at implementation costs

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, April 27, 2012

Support for AB 32 has declined by double digits over the past three years although a slim majority of California voters are still supportive of the state’s global warming law, according to a new EMC Research poll released this week.  By contrast, a stronger percentage of voters are unwilling to pay more for energy, goods and services to achieve AB 32's greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction goals.  Voters are also strongly opposed to the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) plan to implement a cap-and-trade auction.

The poll compares findings from previous polls conducted by the same firm in August 2008 and December 2009.  Results of the current poll confirm that while a majority of Californians generally support AB 32, that support has steadily declined from 63 percent in 2008, to 58 percent in 2009, to 54 percent today.

Conversely, voters expressed a growing unwillingness to pay more for gas, electricity, food and other consumer goods to reduce global warming by 59 percent, up from 53 percent in 2008.  Only 39 percent said they were willing to pay more, and that support dropped dramatically as the incremental cost rose.

Another important finding was that voters feel strongly that Californians should not be forced to pay higher prices for gas, electricity and consumer goods while the rest of the country is not subject to the same regulations.  A majority believe that a California-only policy will drive businesses away from California and cost the state jobs.

More details:

Poll's key findings HERE
Slide presentation HERE
Press release HERE

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