65% Believe Cities and Towns Should Set Zoning Laws

Sixty-five percent (65%) of voters believe that zoning laws should be set by individual towns and cities. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 13% believe they should be set by the federal government, 7% believe there should be no zoning laws, and 15% are not sure.

Twenty-one percent (21%) of Democrats want the rules established by the federal government. Only 8% of Republicans and 7% of Independents agree.

Twenty-four percent (24%) of urban voters prefer federal rules. That view is shared by 11% of suburban voters and 9% of rural voters.

Younger voters are somewhat more supportive of federal rule making than their elders.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from June 10-12, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 232 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online 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.