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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

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."

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Just the News Poll, your opinion of balancing climate change concerns with Americans' economic well-being
Just the News Daily Poll
RMG Research

 

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.