Jun 22, 2017 | Updated: 01:05 PM EDT

People Prefer Environmental Regulation, Energy Policy: Survey Shows People Distrust Trump Over Environment

May 18, 2017 05:46 AM EDT

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A new survey shows that majority of American citizens prefer government intervention and environmental and energy policy issues like environmental regulation. The survey also shows that people think the Trump Administration has little to no urgency shown about the environmental issues.

A new research study from Pew Research Center Survey shows that 54 percent majority of US adults believe that it is necessary for the government to put environmental regulations as a way to encourage businesses and consumers to rely on renewable energy sources. Meanwhile, 38 percent of the respondents support the idea of private marketplace ensuring businesses and consumers rely more on the renewable energy sources without government regulations.

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Moreover, the survey also shows that 54 percent of American adults think that the Trump Administration is doing little to nothing in making environmental regulations. On the other hand, 30 percent of the respondents said that his administration is just doing enough regarding environmental issues. Only five percent of the respondents think that the administration is doing too much on the environmental issues.

"Americans tend to support a 'check all that apply' approach to energy policy," Cary Funk, lead author and associate director of research at the Pew Research Center, has said. He also said that about half of the public believes that a range of environmental and economic considerations must be the priorities of the government in making environmental regulations and energy policies. "While there are sizeable partisan divides over how much importance to place on protecting the environment in energy policy, Republicans and Democrats hold more similar views about the importance of low consumer costs and creating jobs in the energy sector," he said.

In an article by Phys.org, a close split on the public was observed about the issue on cutting back environmental regulations and effectively protecting water and air quality. The study shows that 49 percent of respondents believe that it is possible to trim regulations and still protect air and water, while 47 percent believe that it is not possible to protect the environment with fewer environmental regulations.

The study about environmental regulation and energy policy was conducted by the Pew Research Center Survey last May 3 to 7, 2017. It involves a representative sample of 1,012 adults, ages 18 and older, with a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.


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