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Poll finds strong support for repealing Washington state carbon market

By Anne C. Mulkern | 07/03/2024 06:34 AM EDT

Voters will decide in November whether to keep the program, one of only two economywide carbon markets in the United States.

Maddie Arthur signs her ballot before placing it into a drop box last year at a vote center in Seattle.

Maddie Arthur signs her ballot before placing it into a drop box last year at a vote center in Seattle. Lindsey Wasson/AP

A majority of voters in Washington state favor a ballot measure that would kill the state’s fledgling carbon market, a recent poll said.

The survey by Scott Rasmussen’s RMG Research asked 800 registered voters their feelings about repealing the Evergreen State’s carbon cap-and-trade program.

More voters said they supported repeal than opposed it, with 45 percent either strongly favoring or somewhat favoring an end to the carbon market. In contrast, 39 percent of those polled said they either strongly or somewhat opposed a repeal.

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There were 16 percent who said they weren’t sure.

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