Insiders Poll: The Oil Spill and Climate Legislation

By Chris Good

How will the massive Gulf oil spill affect the chances for climate legislation? National Journal asked members of Congress from both parties, for its latest Congressional Insiders Poll.


Democratic lawmakers were split. 29% said the oil spill will improve the prospects for climate-change legislation, 29% said it would damage them, and 37% said the oil spill will have little or no impact.

Republicans, by and large, thought it would have no impact. 9% said the spill would increase climate legislation's prospects, 29% said it would damage them, and a full 62% said it would have little or no impact.

38 Democratic lawmakers and 34 Republican lawmakers responded to the survey.

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