"The survey turns conventional wisdom on its head," Celinda Lake, the president of Lake Research, said in a statement.
The poll said concerns about and opposition to mountaintop mining is common across parties.
But, like a poll on any controversial topic, there's room to quibble over the language of the questions, particularly because interest groups commissioned it.
The poll's results also did not appear destined to change minds.
"Congresswoman Capito has always fought for an all-of-the-above energy solution that balances our nation's expanding energy needs with our desire for environmental protection," Capito spokeswoman Jamie Corley said. "We can strike a balance. Unfortunately, over the past few years, the EPA has tipped this balance by abusing their authority and implementing burdensome, job-crushing regulations on the fossil fuel industry while failing to offer a viable alternative to meet our nation's energy needs."
Katie Martin, a spokeswoman for McKinley, said, "The vast majority of Congressman McKinley's constituents have expressed a strong desire to see the EPA's job killing regulations reined in."
A spokeswoman for Rahall did not return an email seeking comment.
Contact writer Ry Rivard at ry.riv...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1796.
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