A majority of Americans are willing to bear the costs of combating climate change, and most are more likely to support a candidate seeking to address the issue, Bloomberg reported

 

By nearly a two-to-one margin, 62 percent to 33 percent, respondents to the Bloomberg National Poll said they would pay more for energy if it would mean a reduction in pollution from carbon emissions.

 

Republicans were split, with 46 percent willing to pay more and 49 percent opposed to it, but 82 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of independents said they would accept higher energy bills.

 

"It is a rare poll where people responding will stand up and say, 'Tax me,'" said J. Ann Selzer, founder of Des Moines-based Selzer & Co., which conducted the June 6-9 poll of 1,005 U.S. adults that has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

 

The Obama administration is moving forward with new rules that would require states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. The White House sees the plan, released June 2 by the Environmental Protection Agency, as a way to reduce emissions 30 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels.

 

The administration calculates that utilities and their customers will spend as much as $8.8 billion to comply. Barclays PLC has forecast that the rules would add 10 percent to electric utility rates by 2030.

 

According to the poll, a majority of Americans see climate change as a threat, with 46 percent classifying it as a "major" threat and 27 percent as a "minor" threat. Half would like the federal government to adopt policies to combat it in the next decade.