57% Think New Technologies Likely to Solve Major Climate Change Problems

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of voters consider it likely that the development of new technologies will solve the major problems associated with climate change and global warming. That figure is little changed since January.

A new ScottRasmussen.com survey also found that a smaller but still significant number–41%–believe that new government regulations will solve the major problems associated with global warming.

While 45% believe global warming and climate change are a Very Serious problem, just 18% believe it is necessary to give the federal government sweeping new powers to control the economy. That total includes 26% of voters under age 50 and 9% of senior citizens (see crosstab results). Twenty-three percent (23%) believe climate change is the greatest threat facing the United States today.

Sixty-four percent (64%) believe that human activity is the primary cause of global warming. Still, there is little evidence of public willingness to make sacrifices to address the problem.

To address the problems associated with climate change and global warming, 66% of voters are unwilling to pay more than $100 a year. That includes 40% who are unwilling to pay anything. Just 11% say they would be willing to pay whatever it costs. Data released earlier showed that only 24% believe solving the major problems associated with global warming will require dramatically increasing government spending.

There’s also little appetite for cutting back on energy use. Just 21% believe it is more important for Americans to conserve energy than for companies to find environmentally-friendly ways to generate the energy we need. Three times as many–63%–think the higher priority is generating more energy.

The collective results of the survey data suggest that voters expect innovation rather than regulation will address the major challenges associated with climate change and global warming.

For many of the questions in this survey, we used a split sample approach. Half the sample was asked a question including the term global warming and half were asked the same question using the term climate change. There were no significant differences in results. The numbers presented in this analysis were based upon the combined total of both samples.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted May 2-3, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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