IER Survey: Voters Oppose Carbon Tax

IER President: "Voters Are Wiser than Many People in Washington"

January 13, 2013
Manufacturing Group

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%.