Greenhouse Gas Limit Supported: ABC/Post Poll

Residents photograph the burning ruins of their home that was destroyed in the Poinsettia fire, one of nine wildfires fueled by wind and record temperatures that erupted in San Diego County throughout the day, on May 14, 2014 in Carlsbad, California.

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Residents photograph the burning ruins of their home that was destroyed in the Poinsettia fire, one of nine wildfires fueled by wind and record temperatures that erupted in San Diego County throughout the day, on May 14, 2014 in Carlsbad, California.

The White House probably can count on some public support for the regulations on power plant emissions it rolled out today — even if it costs consumers something in the process.

That’s the word from an ABC News/Washington poll released today, as the Environmental Protection Agency announced more than 600 pages of rules aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent.

Seventy percent of those surveyed said the government should limit the release of greenhouse gases from power plants to reduce global warming.

If significantly lowered greenhouse gases raised monthly energy expenses by $20 a month, 63 percent still said the government should do so. The figure was offered as a hypothetical to gauge the impact of a pinch on the household budget on people’s thinking.

The survey found 69 percent calling global warming a serious problem facing the country — 57 percent “very serious.”

As other polls have found, there’s a partisan divide in people’s thinking about this: 84 percent of Democrats surveyed calling climate change a serious problem, and 49 percent of Republicans saying so.

Women are more likely than men to see it as a problem.

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