Fifty-nine percent of Americans oppose President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate agreement, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Just 28 percent of people surveyed support Trump’s decision to “withdraw from the main international agreement that tries to address climate change,” as the poll, conducted from June 2-4, described the deal. While 13 percent said they have no opinion, 46 percent of respondents said they strongly oppose Trump’s choice.
The White House has justified the decision to exit the 2015 pact, which more than 190 countries have signed, by claiming that it is a “bad deal” that puts the U.S. economy at a disadvantage and will cost American jobs.
Most people surveyed by the Post and ABC disagree: 47 percent of respondents said they expect Trump’s decision to cost the U.S. jobs, while 39 percent said they expect it to create jobs. Overall, 42 percent of those surveyed said they expect exiting the agreement to hurt the U.S. economy, compared to 32 percent who think it will help it.
A majority, 55 percent, said they believe the decision hurts U.S. leadership in the world, while just 18 percent said it would help American leadership’s standing.
The survey had a sample of 527 adults and a margin of error of 1.4 percent.