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Polls: Small biz and public are aligned against cap-and-trade system

According to two national surveys published by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), America’s small business community and the voting public are aligned in opposition to a federal cap-and-trade system. The two surveys were conducted within the last month in order to better understand the attitudes of small business owners and managers, as well as the voting public, on their perceptions and opinions regarding a host of important policy issues surrounding Congressional energy and environmental policy debates.

According to the polls, voters overwhelmingly listed the economy and jobs as the most important issues. With respect to the potential impact of a federal cap-and trade-system, 54% of small business owners and managers and 42% of voters believe that such a system would result in a loss of jobs. A majority — 71% of businesses and 57% of voters — think the system will increase the costs of energy.

Key findings among small business owners and managers include:

  • 66% of small business owners and managers oppose a federal cap-and-trade system while 24% are in favor of such a system.
  • 54% of small business owners and managers believe a federal cap-and-trade system would lead to more job losses while 15% believe it would have no effect and 17% believe it would create jobs.
  • 71% of small business owners and managers believe a federal cap-and-trade system would increase energy costs while 14% it would have no effect and only 5% believe it would lower costs.
  • 58% of small business owners and managers believe a federal cap-and-trade system will limit economic growth while 14% say it will have no effect and 14% believe it will increase growth.

Key highlights among voters include:

  • 52% of voters oppose a federal cap-and-trade system while 37% are in favor of such a system.
  • 42% of voters believe a federal cap-and-trade system would lead to more job losses while 22% believe it would have no effect and 25% believe it would create jobs.
  • 57% of voters believe a federal cap-and-trade system would increase energy costs while 16% it would have no effect and only 15% believe it would lower costs.
  • 46% of voters believe a federal cap-and-trade system will limit economic growth while 21% say it will have no effect and 23% believe it will increase growth.

The 750-person national small business survey was conducted by Mason Dixon Polling and Research from December 11-16. Questions were similar to a 1,000-person voter opinion survey conducted by MBE Enterprises between November 23 and December 1.


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