22% Favor Proposal to End Private Home Air Conditioning; 68% Oppose

A recent Vox article suggested “It’s time to rethink air conditioning.” Presenting air conditioning as a major environmental threat, it suggested phasing out private air conditioning in homes and provide community cooling spaces as well.

Twenty-two percent (22%) of voters at least somewhat favor such an approach. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 68% are opposed.

The totals include 10% who Strongly Favor the idea and 56% who are Strongly Opposed.

Among voters who prefer policies like those of Senator Bernie Sanders, 44% favor the elimination of private air conditioning.

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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from September 2-5, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 151 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 2.8 percentage points.