Undecided voters in eight battleground states have distinctive views about clean air and clean energy, according to a poll released Thursday.
Those voters are strongly supportive of air pollution standards for mercury and higher mileage standards for vehicles, said Tom Jensen, director of North Carolina's Public Policy Polling. As a result, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney could have serious trouble appealing to the small sliver of or undecided voters who care about environmental issues, he said.
"Romney's views are at odds with the very centrist voters he needs," Jensen said.
He points to results of the poll showing 60 percent of likely voters say they'd be likely to support a candidate who wants to reduce mercury emissions from power plants. Of those, 28 percent they would not. Thirteen percent are undecided.
Among undecided voters, the numbers are similar: 59 percent say they'd support a candidate who wants to cut emissions; 31 would not. Nine percent are undecided.
The poll was conducted in Florida, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin between Sept. 14 and 20. It surveyed 22,412 likely voters, with a margin of error of +/-0.7 percent,
It was conducted for the NRDC Action Fund, the political affiliate of the National Resources Defense Council that supports environmentally friendly candidates. Full poll results.