50% Count on Private Sector Innovation to Address Climate Change; 27% Think Government Regulation Is The Better Approach

Fifty percent (50%) of voters believe private sector innovation and new technology is more likely to reduce the impact of climate change than strict government regulation of energy use. A Scott Rasmussen survey found that 27% hold the opposite view and 24% are not sure.

Republicans strongly believe that the private sector will provide the needed solutions. Democrats are evenly divided.

In every measured demographic group, more voters place their faith in innovation and technology rather than government regulations. However, those who prefer policies like those of Senator Bernie Sanders are nearly evenly divided.

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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 online by Scott Rasmussen from August 4-9, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. 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.

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