Thirty-eight percent (38%) of voters favor a proposal to ban all fossil fuel imports and exports such as oil and gas. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 62% are opposed.
Such a ban has been proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders in his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination. His proposal is supported by 49% of Democrats, 35% of Independents, and 30% of Democrats (see crosstab results).
Sanders is currently in second place behind Joe Biden in most polling on the Democratic race. As with his sweeping proposal to remake the U.S. health care system, the Sanders’ version of a Green New Deal includes a mix of popular and unpopular ideas.
Sixty-six percent (66%) support the idea of declaring climate change to be a National Emergency. Smaller majorities support his proposals for the federal government to spend $407 billion helping schools and transit agencies switch to electric bus fleets (57%), ban fracking (55%), spend $607 billion in regional high-speed rail investment (53%), and immediately end all new and existing fossil fuel drilling on federal public lands (52%).
However, when it comes to substantially raising taxes on the fossil fuel industry, just 46% support the idea and 54% are opposed. The numbers are essentially the same for having the federal government spend $86 billion to build a national Electronic Vehicle charging network.
Most of these ideas have received little attention within the national political dialogue. It is quite possible that the numbers would shift if they become a part of the 2020 presidential campaign.
Data released earlier this year showed 24% of voters believe that climate change is the most serious threat facing the nation. Other data shows wide concern about climate change combined with some confidence that new technology will solve the problem. Only 18% favor giving the federal government sweeping new powers to combat climate change.
The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted August 23-24, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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