Americans Want Strong Environmental Regulations, Trump Disagrees
Jan 17, 2017 01:22 PM EST
The US President-elect has less than a week to take office and the expectations held for him are high. There are plenty of Americans who want to see a solid change in their country for the next four if not eight years.
One of the main things that Americans are looking forward to is stronger environmental regulations. According to Reuters, more than 60 percent of Americans want to witness the strengthening or preserving of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's powers under the new government.
These results have shown greater-than-expected opposition from the public to Trump's plans of boosting energy developments. Trump intends to do so by slashing environmental regulations. This agenda is shared by some of Trump's top Cabinet picks that are slated for Senate confirmation.
From the Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll, only 19 percent voters said that they wanted to see the agency "weakened or eliminated" whereas 39 percent wanted the EPA "strengthened or expanded" and another 22 percent wished for it to "remain the same". The remaining voters chose the option of "don't know".
The online poll was conducted amongst 9,935 individuals for a duration of almost a month from Dec. 16, 2016, to Jan. 12, 2017. The accuracy measure of the poll was 1.1 percentage points. Trump's behavior continues to annoy aggravate Americans even before his time as the official President.
From the Republicans who voted, 47 percent of them wanted the EPA to stay unchanged or expanded and strengthened. Another 35 percent wished for it to be "weakened or eliminated". The current government is trying it level best to fix problems in the country before a change in administration.
A member of the Trump transition team refused to comment about these conflicts of interest between the people and their next president. Trump is said to take office on Friday and the number of conflicts between him and the people are already on the rise.
The President campaigned on the promise of substantially decreasing environmental regulations. This was done to increase the number of jobs and ultimately pave the way for further coal, gas and oil development. Trump also said that he would move to refocus the EPA's initial mission to protect the quality of water and air.