A new survey of Michigan voters, on behalf of The Energy Foundation, shows overwhelming support for allowing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from large industrial sources - an authority that has come under attack by some members of Congress.

"Michigan voters understand the very serious implications of preventing the EPA from doing its job,” said Al Quinlan, President, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, who conducted the poll. “When given balanced arguments based on recent statements from both sides of the debate, an overwhelming majority of Michigan voters supports the EPA taking action to regulate greenhouse gas. Michigan voters make it clear that they want Congress to hold polluters accountable and let the EPA do its job, not let polluters off the hook.”

Key Findings

  • After a balanced debate in which respondents were read arguments for and against a plan to take the authority to regulate greenhouse gases away from the EPA, 68 percent of Michigan voters support allowing the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from large industrial sources; 27 percent were opposed.
  • Voters want politicians to focus on holding polluters accountable, rather than letting them off the hook.
  • Support for the EPA was high across the political spectrum, with 57 percent of Republicans, 66 percent of Independents and 78 percent of Democrats supporting the EPA’s authority. The full press release and memo are available above.

Read the full memo and press release. For press inquiries, please contact Cathy Bacile Cunningham at (517) 333-1606 or cbacile@byrumfisk.com.


The statewide poll, conducted Jan. 13-18, surveyed 500 Michigan voters and had a margin of error of plus/minus 4.4 percentage points. The poll was conducted on behalf of The Energy Foundation. To learn more about The Energy Foundation, please visit www.ef.org.

Sources: Al Quinlan and Andrew Baumann

Client: The Energy Foundation