Three-quarters of Americans Want Stronger Clean Air Standards

Americans are firmly behind the US Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to protect children and public health from dangerous air pollution and think Congress should let the EPA do its job, according to a new poll released by the American Lung Association.

The poll, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and Moore Information, found that:

  • An overwhelming 75 percent of voters support EPA setting stricter limits on smog;
  • 65 percent say that stricter standards on air pollution will not damage our economic recovery, with 54 percent believing that updates are likely to create more jobs, not less;
  • 66 percent of voters think the EPA should set pollution standards, not Members of Congress;
  • Support for updating smog standards is widespread. Targeted polling among voters in Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Virginia found support for the EPA setting stricter limits on air pollution ranging between 64-72 percent.

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