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Almost two-thirds think federal government not doing enough on climate change

Nearly two-thirds of Americans think the federal government is not doing enough to take on climate change, according to a new survey. 

A Pew Research Center poll published Tuesday found that 65 percent of U.S. adults didn’t think the government was doing enough to lessen the impacts of climate change. 

There were big differences between Democrats and Republicans in the poll, with 89 percent of Democrats saying they didn’t think the government was doing enough but just 35 percent of Republicans saying the same. 

Some policies, however, had broad support, according to the poll. 

Ninety percent of those surveyed support planting about a trillion trees to pull carbon from the atmosphere and 84 percent said they support a tax credit for carbon capture technology. Some House Republicans backed similar proposals earlier this year. 

Most respondents, 80 percent, also said they support stronger restrictions on power plant emissions while 73 percent said they would support taxing corporations based on their carbon emissions. Stronger automobile fuel efficiency standards were supported by 71 percent. 

The Pew Research Center surveyed 10,957 U.S. adults between April 29 to May 5. The poll’s margin of error for the full group of respondents is plus or minus 1.4 percentage points. 


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