◼ The (recent Public Policy Institute) poll found that 48% think government regulation is necessary while 43% took the side of ‘more harm than good.’ However, the numbers have changed dramatically since the last time PPIC asked this question. In 2008, 57% agreed that regulation was necessary while 34% believed regulations did more harm than good. - Joel Fox/Fox&Hounds
In addition, PPIC asked respondents if environmental laws and regulations were worth the cost. In famously environmentally conscious California, the results were split. While 47% said they were worth the cost, 45% said they cost too many jobs and hurt the economy. Again, that is a shift in numbers – a “marked change” PPIC called it –from previous polls on this question. The idea that environmental regulations were worth the cost consistently scored in the high 50s to low 60s percentile.
In our difficult economy, voters recognize the need for businesses to create jobs. Job creation is often hampered by both time consuming paperwork and costs of regulations. Given the numbers in the PPIC poll voters seem to understand that.