Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters nationwide believe it is likely that new technologies will be developed to generate the energy we need without harming the environment. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that just 29% consider that prospect unlikely and 13% are not sure.
Most (55%) believe that innovation from private companies is more likely than federal government programs to develop such technologies. Only 16% expect the federal government efforts would be more successful.
Among senior citizens, 67% think private sector innovation is more likely to find the needed technology and only 4% expect solutions will come from government. Among voters under 35, a plurality leans towards the private sector but there is more confidence in government. Forty-two percent (42%) of these younger voters think the solutions will come from the private sector and 27% say from government programs (see crosstab results).
Other data shows that 48% believe climate change and global warming represent a Very Serious problem. Younger voters are much more likely than the elders to hold that view. Most also think human activity is primarily to blame.
Data released earlier shows that 55% of voters think that climate change must be addressed in the next decade. However, 68% are unwilling to pay more than $100 a year to address the challenges of global warming and climate change. This apparent disconnect may reflect confidence in private sector innovation. Sixty-one percent (61%) of voters believe it is likely that technology will resolve most of the major problems associated with climate change.
Even among those who believe these environmental challenges are a Very Serious problem, there is more confidence in private sector innovation than government solutions.
Progressive Democrats are pushing for the “Green New Deal” to be a central issue in the 2020 campaign. However, the ambitious concept is little known among the general public and its underlying policies have limited support.
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The national survey of 1,003 Registered Voters was conducted January 3-4, 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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