40% Say Higher Gas Prices Bigger Problem Than Climate Change; 29% Take Opposite View

Forty percent (40%) of voters believe that rising gas prices are a bigger problem than climate change. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 29% take the opposite view and see climate change as the bigger problem. Twenty-eight percent (28%) are equally concerned about both and 3% are not sure.

Most Republicans (60%) see rising gas prices as the bigger problem. A plurality of Democrats (44%) are more worried about climate change. Among Independent voters, 37% cite rising gas prices as their top concern while 27% say climate change.

The survey also found that 33% believe inflation is a bigger problem than COVID while 26% say COVID is a bigger problem. A plurality of voters (36%) see them as equally important.

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Question 1:

Which is the bigger problem facing America today: COVID or inflation?

26%    COVID

33%    Inflation

36%    Both equal

5%    Not sure

Question 2:

Okay, which of the following is a bigger problem: rising gas prices or climate change?

40%    Rising gas prices

29%    Climate change

28%    Both equal

3%    Not sure


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted online by Scott Rasmussen on November 29-30, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. 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.