March 1, 2019
When Americans were asked if they’d rather have the Green New Deal or a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, most opted for the wall.
The recent poll of 1,212 registered voters conducted by Remington Research Group found over half of respondents – 51 percent – preferred a border wall to the Green New Deal, the plan proposed by freshman Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to “transform” the country through government programs allegedly aimed at addressing climate change.
“The Green New Deal is a set of proposed economic stimulus programs introduced by House Democrats that aim to address climate change and economic inequality. The Green New Deal proposes retrofitting every existing building in the United States to maximize energy efficiency. The estimated $7 trillion proposal also calls for a job guarantee program, as well as universal health care and basic income programs. Knowing this, do you support or oppose The Green New Deal” the pollster questioned.
Fifty-two percent of voters overall opposed the GND, and 29 percent said they support it. Nineteen percent were unsure. Support from Democrats, ironically, was slightly lower. Only 51 percent told Remington Research they support the plan, while 26 percent were opposed and 23 percent were unsure.
Opposition to the GND also increased as the pollster informed surveyed voters about details in the GND, such as the estimated cost of retrofitting buildings to comply with new regulations, money for people who won’t work, and mandatory enrollment in government healthcare.
The final question of the survey, Question 6, asked:
If you had to choose, would you rather the United States government spend $5 billion on a border wall, or $7 trillion to fund the Green New Deal?
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Only 31 percent of voters opted for the GND, and 18 percent were unsure.
When broken down by ideology,…