Supporters of greenhouse gas curbs say that’s a false choice. Democrats have largely sold climate legislation as a way to accelerate development of high-tech energy industries in the U.S. – and create lots of jobs along the way.
But that argument may be a tough sell, the poll finds. According to Gallup, 42 percent of respondents believe that laws to curb global warming will probably or definitely hurt the economy, while 36 percent believe they will help the economy.
The margin of error in the poll of 1,025 adults is plus-or-minus four percentage points.