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A national survey conducted in the final months of 2013 finds that most Americans support national action on global warming and energy policies.

Performed by investigators at Yale University and George Mason University, the survey discovers that 83% of Americans believe the U.S. should make an effort to reduce global warming, even if it has economic costs, and 71% say global warming should be a high priority for the president and Congress.

The survey also finds that majorities of both Democrats and Republicans support the following:

- Providing tax rebates for people who purchase energy-efficient vehicles or solar panels (82% of Democrats and 62% of Republicans support this);
- Funding more research into renewable energy sources (84% and 60%, respectively);
- Regulating CO2 as a pollutant (85% and 55%); and
- Eliminating all subsidies for the fossil-fuel industry (67% and 52%).

Similarly, the survey says fewer than half of Democrats and Republicans support eliminating federal subsidies for the renewable energy industry.

“Much of our national dialogue about climate and energy policy focuses on divisions between the political parties,” explains lead researcher Edward Maibach of George Mason University. “Our findings show that while there are important policy differences between Democrats and Republicans, there is also some common ground on which the nation could build an effective response to climate change.”


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