New Poll Finds Strong Support for Coal Amongst Democrats in Swing States

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Large Majority Believe EPA Making Decisions Based on Politics, Not Policy

WASHINGTON – Independent and Democratic-leaning voters in the swing states of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia strongly support coal, according to new polling data released today by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.  Sixty-four percent of these voters support using coal to generate electricity, compared to just 27 percent who opposed.

“This election is going to be decided in states that support coal,” said Mike Duncan, president and CEO of ACCCE.  “Swing voters in swing states support the use of coal and are concerned about the EPA’s politically motivated agenda.”

The polling found that a large majority of adults in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia believe this EPA is making decisions that are driven by politics rather than sound policy.  Roughly three-fourths of Pennsylvanians expressed that sentiment, along with 72 percent of Ohioans and 65 percent of Virginians.

Americans living in these key states also believe that closing coal-fueled power plants would negatively impact them.  By a 2 to 1 margin, these adults agreed that communities “like mine” would be negatively impacted if coal plants close. 

A memo on the key findings of the poll prepared by pollsters Thom Riehle of YouGov and Mark Allen of AmericanPublic.us can be found here (.pdf).