A survey of 800 “likely 2016 general election voters nationwide” conducted by The Mellman Group in association with the Environmental Working Group (EWG), purports to assess the knowledge and sentiments of consumers of personal care products (PCPs). The survey notes among its key findings that “everybody uses Personal Care Products,” but that “few have any idea how minimal current regulations on chemicals are.”

Other survey highlights include:

  • 37 percent of those surveyed believe the “government has cleared most of the chemicals used in personal care products”;
  • 67 percent believe “at least some products have been cleared by the government”;
  • 68 percent believe “The government should make certain that chemi- cals that end up in my body from the user of personal care products, like makeup, toothpaste, and lotions, are safe”;
  • 87 percent “think the government should have the power to order a recall of personal care products containing toxic chemicals”;
  • 94 percent want to require “companies that make personal care products, like makeup, toothpaste, and lotions, to notify the govern- ment if their products have injured customers;” and
  • 74 percent would be less likely to buy a company’s products if the company was fighting regulation of the chemicals in personal care products.

The survey noted that the results varied based on specific subcatego- ries, particularly political-affiliations. Voters identifying as Democrats frequently accounted for supermajority votes for giving the government authority to “make certain personal care products are safe,” or to “order a recall of personal care products containing toxic chemicals.” Slightly smaller majorities of the other political preferences also expressed approval of greater government involvement in cosmetics regulation. See EWG Enviroblog, March 1, 2016.