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Poll: Paris Agreement Pullout Wrong, Say 59 Percent in US

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President Donald Trump announces his decision to pull out of Paris climate agreement. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 06 Jun 2017 10:06 AM

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll says nearly 60 percent of Americans disagree with President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, citing the potential negative effects the decision could have on the nation’s global leadership, economy, jobs, and climate change efforts.

The poll results come just days after Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris deal, noted The Business Insider.

The survey, conducted between June 2-4, found that 59 percent of registered voters were opposed to Trump backing out of the agreement while 28 percent were fine with it.

The survey also found that 47 percent feel the decision will cost the U.S. more jobs while 39 percent believe more jobs will be created.

The poll shows that 42 percent believe the country’s economy will suffer, and 55 percent feel U.S. leadership will take a hit.

Similarly, 51 percent said Trump’s decision will hurt international efforts geared towards addressing climate change while only 11 percent believe the decision will help those efforts.

The Paris climate agreement is made up of signatures from more than 190 countries, said the Post, and the deal itself was essentially “a promise by countries to hold the planet’s warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels” in order to prevent global warming from being negatively affected.

Many spoke against Trump after he withdrew the country from the signed pact last week, but Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt told Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that exiting the agreement “was not a political decision.”

Pruitt said the Paris deal was “a bad deal for this country.”

“It’s clear that the demerits, the efficacy both in environmental outcomes as well as the cost to us from a jobs perspective was a bad deal for this country,” he said.

President Barack Obama praised the deal in September 2016, two months before it was made official.

“Someday we may see this as the moment when we decided to save our planet,” Obama said, at the time. “History will judge today’s efforts as pivotal.”

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A new Washington Post-ABC News poll says nearly 60 percent of Americans disagree with President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, citing the potential negative effects the decision could have.
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