A new Stanford University poll shows that large majorities of Massachusetts and Maine residents believe the Earth has been gradually getting warmer over the last 100 years (78 percent for Massachusetts, 84 percent for Maine).
Following up on a national survey done in June, Professor Jon Krosnick, a senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment conducted in-depth polling in the two New England states and Florida.
Over 70 percent of residents in the three states also think the U.S. government should take action to limit greenhouse gases by businesses. Most also said starting programs to reduce global warming were unlikely to have a negative effect on their state or the national economy.
“This result contradicts the claim that most residents of these states believe that climate change legislation will be a jobs-killer,” Krosnick said.
His research also showed that more than half of the respondents in the three states would vote for a law to reduce national greenhouse gas emissions by 85 percent by 2050, if the cost to their household would be a $150 tax increase per year. And even more said they favored a law to accomplish emissions reduction at an annual cost to them of $100 (66 percent in Massachusetts, 62 percent in Maine and 60 percent in Florida)
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