A new national poll demonstrates that the most negative political voices are distinctly out of touch with the public’s preference for strong regulations to protect the country’s health. Voters aren’t buying the specious “jobs versus clean air/water” argument.
More importantly, they have a clear preference for the findings of Environmental Protection Agency scientists over the talking points of “corporate polluters.”
The poll, conducted October 6-9, 2011 by Public Policy Polling, surveyed 1,249 registered voters across the country. It included voters in 2012 “battleground” states (Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, California, Florida, Colorado, Nevada). There was an “over sampling” of suburban and Latina women, to ensure “rigorous results.”
The ten new polls were conducted for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWV), and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). In a call with reporters, the results were announced in tandem with remarks by leaders from all the organizations.
The numbers show that a clear majority (70 percent) of those queried were in opposition to Obama’s decision to block the ozone pollution standard. This is one of many examples evidencing that women and Latina women support regulations, and their disappointment with Obama’s walk back skewed higher—79 percent and 71 percent, respectively.
Findings showed that:
- 78 percent of Americans want the EPA to hold corporations responsible for toxins they release into the environment, with 83 percent of women and 80 percent Latina women agreeing.
- 69 percent of Americans agree with health experts who support the reduction of air pollution from industrial sources, rather than those who advocate overruling the EPA to protect jobs, with 75 percent of women and 73 percent of Latina women agreeing.
- 70 percent of Americans support the EPA requiring stricter limits on the amount of toxic chemical industrial facilities can release, with 77 percent of women and 76 percent of Latina women agreeing.
Agreed, clean air and fresh water are those things, we Americans in the U.S. take for granted, until they are gone. After all, the EPA, especially Earth Day, became after the Cuyahoga River caught on fire, or rather all the polution in it.
If we continue to let those 'Greedy corporations' con us into believing that we need jobs and they need to make as the most money they can so that we can have a job--more than clean air and fresh water, so that they can go back to polluting, our children and grandchildren will pay the price with all the diseases that they will get from the lack of clean air and fresh drinking water. After all, it is not about us, it is about the world we leave behind for our children and grandchildren and their grandchildren and so on.
After all, business is not really the backbone of society, the family is. Granted someone needs to work, so the family can eat, have shelter and transportation, but it is still the family that is the back bone. After all, look how few singles work over time or extra hours and/or second or third jobs, in comparison to the average Father/Mother.