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Poll shows public falls for Obama Clean Power Plan

P ollsters researching support for President Barack Obama’s agenda got quite a surprise when they tallied the results of surveys conducted in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida last month. Unfathomably, registered voters support Obama on the Clean Power Plan.

Quinnipiac University Poll, well known for creating a picture of the political climate in the United States, says 67 percent of registered voters in Ohio support “requiring owners of coal-burning power plants to reduce pollution.” Similarly, in Pennsylvania, 67 percent support “federal requirements that owners of coal-burning power plants reduce pollution.”

Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, was shocked enough by those results to comment that the support was surprising because Ohio and Pennsylvania “are industrial states which would disproportionately be affected by the new regulations.”

Yes, even academia admits Appalachia is being targeted. But the press-release version of the report on this poll says “voters in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania support (Obama’s) proposal to limit pollution from coal-fired energy plants by more than 2-1.”

Bear in mind the poll was conducted using results from 1,096 randomly selected Ohio voters -approximately 17/125,000 of the voting population in the Buckeye State. Still, statisticians say that is a valid sample size.

If the results are an accurate reflection of voter sentiment, they are an alarming reminder that this administration continues to be able to pull the wool over the eyes of the people whose livelihoods it hopes to wreck. Proponents of responsible resource management, reasonable electricity prices and the industries on which our economies lean had better step up their public relations game.

Obama and his EPA are winning – and if that continues for very long, tens of millions of Americans will lose, whether they recognize that now or not.