More than 80 percent of Americans surveyed in a new poll support action to limit carbon pollution and move the U.S. toward a clean energy future.
Results of the survey released by the National Wildlife Federation show that 82 percent of voters and 80 percent of Independents questioned support the U.S. government increasing investment in clean energy sources.
A lower percentage, but still a strong majority, support curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
The poll shows that 67 percent of voters and 67 percent of Independents, support the U.S. government limits on emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that may cause global warming.
"The American people can't be more clear when it comes to solving global warming: they want the U.S. to be Rudolph out in front of the sleigh, leading the world toward a clean energy future," said Jeremy Symons, senior vice president of NWF.
"There is overwhelming public support for the Senate to pass legislation with firm limits on carbon pollution that will stimulate massive new investments in clean energy technologies," Symons added.
The survey also showed that the majority of respondents believe global warming is happening despite recent controversies surrounding emails among climate scientists, though there is a strong partisan divide.
Democrats and Independents overwhelmingly acknowledging global warming is real, while Republicans remain significantly less united in their skepticism.
Two-thirds of registered voters (67 percent) believe global warming is happening, just 31 percent do not think global warming is happening
Among Democrats: 91 percent believe global warming is happening, 8 percent don't
Among Independents: 64 percent believe, 32 percent do not
Among Republicans: 43 percent believe, 54 percent do not
The poll was conducted by the Benenson Strategy Group. 1,000 interviews were conducted with registered voters nationwide.