State-based surveys reveal unpopularity of cap and trade 

Voters in 16 states are smart enough to realize that cap and trade would result in a loss of jobs, according to state-based surveys released by the National Federation of Independent Business. According to the survey:

* 66 percent of small business owners and managers oppose a federal cap-and-trade system while 24 percent are in favor of such a system. (10 percent Dk/Na)

* 54 percent of small business owners and managers believe a federal cap-and-trade system would lead to more job losses while 15 percent believe it would have no effect and 17 percent believe it would create jobs. (14 percent Dk/Na)

* 71 percent of small business owners and managers believe a federal cap-and-trade system would increase energy costs while 14 percent it would have no effect and only 5 percent believe it would lower costs. (10 percent Dk/Na)

* 58 percent of small business owners and managers believe a federal cap-and-trade system will limit economic growth while 14 percent say it will have no effect and 14 percent believe it will increase growth. (14 percent Dk/Na)

This survey follows hot on the heels of another survey which found similarly that across the country, cap and trade was a hard sell.

Of course, don't expect this to have an impact on the Democrats, who would rather listen to carbon trading profiteers than the actual job creators.

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