In January, as talk of a “Green New Deal” was firing up progressives, just 61% of voters had heard of the program. Now, a ScottRasmussen.com survey finds that awareness has increased to 82%. Interest has grown dramatically as well. Forty-eight (48%) are now following news about a Green New Deal at least somewhat closely. That’s more than double the 23% interest in January.
As awareness of the controversial plan has increased, support has declined. When described in general and positive terms that advocates of the plan might use, 49% of voters are at least somewhat supportive. That’s down from 55% in January.
Opposition has increased from 20% at the beginning of the year to 32% today. The number who Strongly Oppose the plan (20%) now equals the number who Strongly Favor it (20%).
On a partisan basis, Democrats remain strongly supportive–68% have a favorable opinion while just 12% say the opposite. But the numbers for other voters have changed significantly.
Republicans are now opposed by a 51% to 35% margin. In January, a solid plurality of GOP voters supported the concept. Independent voters are now evenly divided. In the beginning of the year, Independents supported the general idea of a Green New Deal by a 2-to-1 margin (see crosstabs).
However, while modest support remains for the stated goals of the Green New Deal, the idea of letting the federal government transform the economy provokes strong resistance. Sixty percent (60%) of voters are uncomfortable with the idea of giving the government such power. Only 27% are okay with it. Those figures include just 9% who are Very Comfortable trusting the government in that manner while 43% are Very Uncomfortable with it.
Data released earlier showed that just 18% of voters believe the threat of climate change makes it necessary to give the federal government sweeping new powers.
While many remain concerned about global warming, most believe the solutions will come from outside of the government. Fifty-six percent (56%) believe innovation from private companies is most likely to develop technologies to generate the energy we need without harming the environment. Just 17% think federal government programs will accomplish that goal.
Sixty-seven percent (67%) of voters are unwilling to pay more than $100 a year to combat climate change and global warming. That is far short of the projected costs of the program which would more than double the size of the federal budget. Only 39% are even somewhat supportive of significantly raising taxes on the use of natural gas and oil.
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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted April 4-5, 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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