Two-thirds of Americans want U.S. to back global climate deal: NYT/CBS poll

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 30, 2015 8:51 AM

PARIS (Reuters) - Two-thirds of Americans think the United States should join a legally binding global climate change agreement, a poll by CBS News and the New York Times released on Monday said.

But the poll, conducted between Nov. 18 and Nov. 22, showed Americans were divided on what domestic measures the United States should take to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

The poll showed 63 percent of Americans favored regulations to cut carbon emissions from power plants, while 31 percent opposed them.

The public was split on whether the United States should restrict drilling for oil and gas on public lands, with 49 percent in favor and 45 percent opposed.

Far fewer of those polled supported any new taxes on electricity or gasoline use.

The show of public support comes as the United States tries to play a leadership role in securing a global climate agreement in Paris over the next two weeks of negotiations.

(Reporting by Valerie Volcovici; Editing by Janet Lawrence)