Poll: More than a Third of Voters Wouldn’t Spend Even $1 of Their Own Money to Reduce Impact of Climate Change

By Craig Bannister | May 26, 2021 | 10:49am EDT

Whether it meant making a direct contribution, diverting their savings, or paying more to buy an electric car, more than a third of America’s voters would not spend even one dollar of their own money to fight climate change, a new national survey of U.S. registered voters finds.

A survey of 1,200 registered voters sponsored by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, conducted April 15-18, 2021, asked:

“How much of your own money would you be willing to personally spend each month to reduce the impact of climate change?”

Thirty-five percent (35%) responded that they would not spend any of their own money, while 15% said they’d spend no more than ten dollars of their own money ($1-$10) and six percent (6%) said they would be willing to spend $11-$20.

Thus, 56% would not spend more than $20 “to reduce the impact of climate change.”

Likewise, when asked how much of their savings for retirement or higher education they’d be willing to “divert toward immediate climate change spending,” 39% said they wouldn’t divert a penny. Another 18% said they don’t save for such things and four percent didn’t answer or said they didn’t know.

More than half (53%) said they were either very unlikely (38%) or somewhat unlikely (15%) to “spend extra money” to replace their gas-powered car with an electric vehicle – more than double the 25% who said they were very likely (11%) or somewhat likely (15%) to do so.

“This poll shows once again that Americans are unwilling to pay for the left’s anti-energy policies,” CEI Center for Energy and Environment Director Myron Ebell said. “The more people learn about the Biden-Harris Blackout Agenda, the less support there will be for spending trillions of taxpayer dollars for no measurable benefits.”

“There is a lesson here if politicians are willing to listen,” CEI President and CEO Kent Lassman added:

“When Americans unexpectedly pay more for gas and utilities because of events like electric grid failures and attacks on our pipelines and with the summer driving season ready to start next week, it is little wonder few voters clamor for costly new regulations.  There is a lesson here if politicians are willing to listen.”

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