Americans on Energy: Awareness and Attitudes Mixed


Pew Research Center’s new poll brings forth a variety of findings on American awareness and attitudes on energy.  While American interest in energy policy has fallen overall in the last year, there have been shifts in sentiment on specific energy options.   
The attitudes are a mixed bag: support for the Keystone pipeline remains in the majority, but opposition to increased fracking has grown by 11 percent in six months, including increased opposition amongst Republicans and Independents.  
While the partisan divide remains strong, there is relative alignment on American support for stricter power plant emission limits, spending on mass transit, requiring better fuel efficient vehicles, and research on wind, solar, and hydrogen.  
There is strong support among Republicans, and mild support among Independents, for increased oil and gas drilling, however, ironically, most Americans do not yet know about the increase in recent years of domestic oil and gas production. 

Energy: Key Data Points

Pew Research Center
September 26, 2013
Dealing with the nation’s energy problems has slipped down the list of the public’s 2013 agenda, with less than half saying it was a top priority for the president and Congress.
Four years ago, 60% of Americans said that dealing with the nation’s energy problems was a top priority, a number that dropped to 52% last year and now stands at 45%, according to our survey conducted in January. There was little partisan difference on the issue.
The recent energy boom in the U.S. has not registered widely with the public.
Our September survey found that only 48% correctly say that U.S. energy production is up in recent years. But there is no indication that awareness of the nation’s growing energy production is related to energy policy attitudes.
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