Most Voters Lack Confidence in Government to Deal with Climate Change, Deficits

Most voters are at least somewhat confident in the federal government’s ability to protect the nation from Terrorism, Cybersecurity Threats, Foreign Military Powers, Illegal Immigration, and Foreign Agents in the Federal Government. However, a survey found that most voters are skeptical of the government’s ability to protect the nation from Climate Change and Federal Deficits.

Data released earlier showed that  65% of voters consider Terrorism as a Very Serious threat to the national security of the United States. Sixty-two percent (62%) say the same about Cybersecurity Threats. Sixty-six percent (66%) have confidence in the government to protect us from Terrorism and 51% have that confidence concerning Cybersecurity.

However, Federal Deficits are seen as a Very Serious threat by 48% of voters. Only 41% have confidence in the government’s ability to protect the nation from that threat.

As for Climate Change, 46% consider it a Very Serious Threat. Yet just 37% of voters believe the federal government can protect us from it.Data released earlier showed that 57% believe new technologies will likely solve the major problems associated with climate change. That may explain why just 18% favor giving the federal government sweeping new powers to fight climate change.

One challenge in this data is how to interpret the responses of people who don’t consider an issue to be a threat. If someone does not consider climate change a threat, how do you evaluate their confidence in protection from that threat. For example, most Republicans do not consider climate change to be a serious threat, but they express more confidence in the government’s ability to protect us from climate change.

So, we reviewed the data by looking at those who consider each issue a threat. Generally speaking, those who considered a threat Somewhat Serious were more confident about protection than those who considered it a Very Serious Threat. Yet, on every issue except Deficits and Climate Change, a majority of those considering something a major threat also had confidence in the government protection.

Among those who consider Deficits to be a Very Serious threat, just 37% have any confidence the government can protect us from it.

Among those who consider Global Warming to be a Very Serious threat, only 31% are confident the government can protect us from it.

Data released earlier showed that 40% of voters consider government deficits to be a crisis. Thirty-nine percent (39%) say the same about Climate Change. releases new public opinion data every day relating to topics in the news and other items of interest. Please sign up to receive the latest data and insights each day via email.

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The national survey of 1,002 Registered Voters was conducted May 15-16, 2019 by and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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