A survey by the Institute for Energy Research concludes that voters oppose a carbon tax, saying they believe it will increase energy prices and hurt the economy.
Highlights of the survey:
• 78% agree that a carbon tax will increase energy prices.
• 69% agree that a carbon tax will fall hardest on the poor, the elderly, and those on fixed incomes.
• 77% agree that a carbon tax will lead to them paying more for gasoline and electricity.
• 58% disagree that a carbon tax will lead to economic growth.
Thomas Pyle, who does not support a carbon tax, says the results show that "voters are wiser than many people in Washington.
"The fact that 67% of the respondents oppose a carbon tax is encourage; it means that voters have not been deceived by those who favor imposing an energy tax," Pyle says.
“Much like the cap and trade charade, I look forward to joining forces with the majority of the American people to defeat the creation of and imposition of a job-killing, economy-wrecking carbon tax.”
The survey was conducted by MWR Strategies in December 2012 among 1,000 registered voters. It has a margin of error of 3.1%.