Consumers Want Products Free of Harmful Chemicals: Poll

The results of a new national poll reveal that most consumers (more than 90% of those polled)* want the U.S. government to require products to be screened for harmful chemicals and proven safe before market approval.

Here are some other key results of the survey:

  • 92% of voters agreed, and 63% of voters strongly agreed, that the U.S. government should make companies prove that their products are safe before selling them.
  • 93% of voters agreed, and 62% strongly agreed, that companies should do a better job of getting rid of harmful chemicals from consumer products.
  • 88% of voters agreed that companies should do a better job of taking plastics out of consumer products and reducing their use of plastic packaging.
  • 76% of the Americans who took the survey said they were worried about how chemicals and plastics contribute to climate change.
  • 54% of those polled said that chemical regulations are not strong enough, while 21% said they are about right and 10% said they are too strong.
  • The Toxic Substances Control Act makes it easier to limit or ban harmful chemicals to better protect vulnerable people like pregnant women, children and people who live near factories that are polluting the surrounding area: 89% of voters supported the act, and 56% of them strongly supported it.
  • 93% of voters agreed, and 57% strongly agreed, that it is important to get rid of harmful chemicals where people live, work and go to school, even if it makes some products more expensive. A similar number agreed that it is important for companies to keep harmful chemicals out of everyday products, even if it increases the cost of the products.
  • Voters were worried about all of the chemicals asked about in the survey, but they were most concerned about chemicals that they ate, drank or breathed in. Still, they did not know how the system for regulating chemicals works.
  • About half of people (49%) said that the chemicals in food and consumer goods have been tested to make sure they are safe, which is not true.

Source: University of California, San Francisco, news release, Oct. 11, 2022′

*The survey was conducted between May 25 and June 5, 2022 and gathered 1,200 responses from registered U.S. voters.  The Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), commissioned the survey.