Voters across the country overwhelmingly support the EPA establishing the first federal limits on methane emissions, according to new data released today from a nationwide, bipartisan survey conducted for the American Lung Association by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and Perception Insight. Moreover, an overwhelming bipartisan majority of American voters support the efforts of the EPA to establish stricter air pollution standards overall and believes that EPA scientists, not Congress, should be the ones to make these decisions.

An overwhelming two-to-one majority favors new methane emissions standards from the EPA and support for the new standards actually grows after voters hear balanced messages from both sides, resulting in majority support across the political spectrum, including from Republicans.

Other key findings include:

  • Majority of voters (63 percent) support standards for methane emissions.  After hearing a balanced debate on both sides, support increases overall to 66 percent. In particular, Republicans move from 39 percent supporting to 53 percent supporting. 
  • EPA remains much more popular than Congress. The EPA continues to earn positive favorability ratings, at 42 percent favorable, 31 percent unfavorable. Voters’ feeling toward Congress remains strongly negative with 60 percent giving it an unfavorable rating, a trend that crosses party lines. 
  • Oil companies are extremely unpopular.  Just 23 percent of voters rate them favorably, while 47 percent give them an unfavorable rating. 
  • By a more than 3-to-1 margin, voters believe that the EPA, not Congress, should be setting pollution standards. This includes large majorities of Democrats, Independents and Republicans.
  • Voters rate clean air as a higher priority than reducing regulations on businesses. By a nearly 2-to-1 margin, voters rate clean air as a higher priority over reducing regulations with 80 percent of voters rating clean air as extremely or very important. 

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