Polls Show Voters Like the Coal Industry More than They Like the EPA

Dan Joseph
By Dan Joseph | July 16, 2013 | 12:27 PM EDT

A new poll by Rasmussen Reports shows that voters have a more favorable view of the coal industry than the Environmental Protection Agency.

According to the poll, 51% percent of likely voters have a favorable view of the coal industry while 29% hold an unfavorable view of the coal business

By contrast, according to a Rasmussen poll released in January of 2013, only 39% have a favorable view of the EPA.

These results come at a time when the Obama administration is renewing its push for further regulations on carbon emissions.  The coal industry believes that these new regulations could severely damage their industry.

When running for the first time, then-Senator Obama made a statement that many in the coal industry perceived as a direct threat:

"... if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can," Obama told the San Francisco Chronicle in January of 2008.  "It's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted."

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 37% of all electricity in the U.S. is generated by coal.