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Most voters either believe climate change isn't real or don't want climate policies harming economy

Fewer than half believe climate policies should come at the expense of U.S. jobs

February 4, 2021 11:08am

Updated: February 4, 2021 3:59pm

A majority of U.S. voters either think climate change is not occurring or that climate-related policies should not be implemented at the expense of the economy, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.

Forty-one percent of respondents think "climate change is real but efforts to combat it should not come at the cost of U.S. jobs or economic well being," while 13% simply think climate change "is not real."

The polls comes amid President Biden's first two weeks in office – in which he's announced an agenda that would move the U.S. away from fossil fuel toward reusable energy, perhaps costing the U.S. economy millions of jobs.

Meanwhile, 47% of voters believe that climate change is a real phenomenon and that "policies to protect against it should be strengthened even if it costs jobs or economic hardship."

Just the News Poll, your opinion of balancing climate change concerns with Americans' economic well-being
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Notably, Democrats were the only political demographic in which a majority of voters (66%) endorsed climate policies that would come at the expense of jobs. Just 25% of Republicans and 45% of Independents felt that way. 

The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from Jan. 28-30, 2021.

Click here to see the poll's cross-demographic tabulations.

Click here to see the poll's methodology and sample demographics.


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