Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters nationwide believe that people with homes near the beach or shoreline should pay the full cost of flood and hurricane insurance. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 46% believe the government should provide assistance to keep their insurance more affordable.
There is a huge generation gap on this question. Seventy-three percent (73%) of senior citizens believe people should cover the full cost of insurance for their homes. That falls to 58% of those aged 50-64 and 43% among voters under 50 (see crosstab results).
The survey was conducted during news coverage of Hurricane Dorian. It is possible that this timing may have impacted the results and led to a somewhat higher level of support for government subsidies of flood and hurricane insurance.
Sixty-four percent (64%) of Republicans believe homeowners should pay the full cost of insurance for their own home. That view is shared by 52% of Independents and 46% of Democrats.
Government subsidized flood insurance tends to benefit wealthier Americans. It also encourages more home-building in risky coastal environments.
The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted September 4-5, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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