Opinion Polls/Surveys
July 28, 2006 - Mar. 8, 2009



Polls / Surveys on Alternative Energy and Fossil Fuels
  1. Gallup (Mar. 5-8, 2009)
  2. Center for American Progress / Gerstein Agne (Feb. 5-13, 2009)
  3. WorldPublicOpinion.org / Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the University of Maryland (July 15 - Nov. 4, 2008)
  4. ABC News / Planet Green / Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University (July 23-28, 2008)
  5. Washington Post / ABC News (June 12-15, 2008)
  6. NBC News / Wall Street Journal (June 6-9, 2008)
  7. Pew Research Center for the People & the Press (Feb. 20-24, 2008)
  8. CBS News / New York Times (Apr. 20-24, 2007)
  9. Los Angeles Times / Bloomberg (July 28 - Aug. 1, 2006)

1. Gallup (Mar. 5-8, 2009)

"Would you prefer the government to increase, decrease, or not change the financial support and incentives it gives for producing energy from these sources?"

Increase Not Change Decrease
Alternative sources such as wind and solar 77% 13% 8%
Traditional sources such as oil and gas 39% 28% 30%

"Higher Priority - Protection of the Environment or Development of U.S. Energy Supplies?"

Environment Energy Supplies
47% 46%

"Preferences for Government Incentives for Producing Energy from Alternative and Traditional Sources."

  Increase traditional and Not Change traditional and Decrease traditional and
Increase alternative and 33% 18% 24%
Not change alternative and 3% 8% 2%
Decrease alternative and 3% 2% 3%

"Favor the Use of Nuclear Energy as One of the Ways to Provide Electricity for the U.S.?"

Strongly Favor Somewhat Favor Somewhat Oppose Strongly Oppose Unsure
27% 32% 23% 14% 4%


"Generally speaking, do you think nuclear power plants are safe or not safe?"

Safe Unsafe
56% 42%

Subjects: 1,012 adults
Margin of Error: ± 3 %
Source: Gallup Mar. 5-8, 2009



2. Center for American Progress / Gerstein Agne (Feb. 5-13, 2009)

"America's economic future requires a transformation away from oil, gas, and coal to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar."

Agree Neutral Disagree
76% 12% 11%

Subjects: 1,400 adults
Margin of Error: ± 2.62 %
Source: Center for American Progress Gerstein Agne Feb. 5-13, 2009



3. WorldPublicOpinion.org / Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the University of Maryland (July 15 - Nov. 4, 2008)

"Do you favor or oppose the government... Requiring utilities to use more alternative energy, such as wind and solar, even if this increases the cost of energy in the short run."

  Favor Oppose Don't Know / Not Sure
Argentina 70% 17% 13%
US 66% 28% 6%
Mexico 58% 38% 5%
France 88% 10% 3%
Britain 75% 19% 6%
Italy 67% 29% 4%
Poland 66% 15% 19%
Germany 62% 36% 2%
Ukraine 56% 11% 33%
Russia 36% 36% 28%
Jordan 77% 13% 10%
Turkey 71% 12% 17%
Palestinian Territories 71% 27% 2%
Azerbaijan 48% 43% 8%
Kenya 87% 13% 1%
Nigeria 71% 26% 4%
South Korea 96% 4% 1%
Taiwan 88% 9% 3%
Hong Kong 78% 15% 7%
Macau 76% 13% 11%
China 75% 11% 14%
Thailand 73% 9% 17%
Indonesia 65% 13% 22%
India 63% 20% 17%

Subjects: 20,790
Margin of Error: ± 2-4 %
Source: WorldPublicOpinion.org Program on International Policy (PIPA) at the University of Maryland July 15 - Nov. 4, 2008



4. ABC News / Planet Green / Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University (July 23-28, 2008)

"Government Efforts on Energy Policy"

  Should Should Not
Increase fuel efficiency standards 78% 20%
Allow offshore drilling 63% 33%
Restrict oil speculation by traders 61% 31%
Raise taxes on oil profits 55% 42%
Allow drilling in wilderness areas 55% 43%

Subjects: 1,000 adults
Margin of Error: ± 3 %
Source: American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Planet Green Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University July 23-28, 2008



5. Washington Post / ABC News (June 12-15, 2008)

"Do you think the government should offer tax breaks for companies to develop alternative energy sources, or should it leave it to the marketplace to develop alternative energy sources, without tax breaks?"

Offer tax breaks Leave it to marketplace No opinion
63% 32% 4%

Subjects: 1,125 adults
Margin of Error: ± 0.5 %
Source: Washington Post American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) June 12-15, 2008



6. NBC News / Wall Street Journal Survey (June 6-9, 2008)

"Which one of the following actions do you most support as a way of addressing the rise in energy and gas prices?"

Encourage the development of wind and solar power 27%
Open up protected areas in Alaska for oil and gas exploration 24%
Encourage American consumers to conserve energy 19%
Encourage off-shore exploration for oil and natural gas 16%
Encourage the construction of nuclear power facilities 10%
None 0%
Other 2%
Not sure 2%

Subjects: 1,071 adults
Margin of Error: ± 3.1 %
Source: National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) Wall Street Journal June 6-9, 2008



7. Pew Research Center for the People & the Press (Feb. 20-24, 2008)

"Higher priority for country..."

Developing new sources of energy 54%
Protecting the environment 36%
Don't know 10%

"More important priority for U.S. energy policy..."

More energy conservation/regulation 55%
Expand exploration, mining, and drilling/construction of new power plants 35%
Don't know 10%

Subjects: 1,508 adults
Margin of Error: ± 3 %
Source: Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Feb. 20-24, 2008



8. CBS News / New York Times (Apr. 20-24, 2007)

"Which do you think should be a higher priority for the government - increasing the production of petroleum, coal and natural gas, or encouraging people to conserve energy?"

  Total Republican Democrat Independent
Increasing production 21% 28% 19% 18%
Encouraging conservation 68% 57% 75% 69%
Both 9% 13% 4% 11%
Neither 0% 0% 0% 0%
Don't know / No answer 2% 2% 2% 2%

"Would you approve or disapprove of building more nuclear power plants to generate electricity?"

  Total Republican Democrat Independent
Approve 45% 59% 36% 45%
Disapprove 47% 33% 56% 47%
Don't know / No answer 8% 7% 8% 8%

"Would you approve or disapprove of building more plants powered by coal to generate electricity?"

  Total Republican Democrat Independent
Approve 41% 48% 40% 38%
Disapprove 51% 46% 51% 55%
Don't know / No answer 8% 6% 9% 7%

"Some people say using coal to generate electricity is a good idea because it's available in North America and there are new methods for using coal that cause less pollution. Other people say most coal use is a bad idea because it still causes pollution and coal mining hurts the landscape and wildlife. What do you think -- is using coal to generate electricity mostly a good idea, or mostly a bad idea?"

  Total Republican Democrat Independent
Good 43% 52% 36% 44%
Bad 48% 39% 54% 47%
Don't know / No answer 9% 9% 10% 9%

"Some people say using natural gas to generate electricity is a good idea because it's available in North America and is the cleanest of all fossil fuels. Other people say using natural gas is a bad idea because it contributes to global warming, and transporting it can be dangerous. What do you think -- is using natural gas to generate electricity mostly a good idea or mostly a bad idea?"

  Total Republican Democrat Independent
Good 51% 61% 42% 53%
Bad 37% 29% 45% 35%
Don't know / No answer 12% 10% 13% 12%

"Some people say using nuclear power to generate electricity is a good idea because uranium fuel is available in North America and nuclear power doesn't contribute to global warming. Other people say using nuclear power is a bad idea because of the risk of accident and the fact there is still no long-term solution for nuclear waste disposal. What do you think -- is using nuclear power to generate electricity mostly a good idea or mostly a bad idea?"

  Total Republican Democrat Independent
Good 36% 48% 26% 38%
Bad 58% 43% 67% 58%
Don't know / No answer 6% 9% 7% 4%

"Some people say using renewable energy sources, like solar and wind power, to generate electricity is a good idea because they are readily available and better for the environment. Other people say using renewable energy sources are a bad idea because they are too expensive and can be unreliable. What do you think -- is using renewable energy sources to generate electricity mostly a good idea or mostly a bad idea?"

  Total Republican Democrat Independent
Good 87% 83% 90% 88%
Bad 9% 12% 7% 8%
Don't know / No answer 4% 5% 3% 4%

"Some people say that using ethanol, which is manufactured from corn, is a good idea because it is an American-made substitute for foreign oil that causes less air pollution. Other people say ethanol is a bad idea because it drives up food prices and has less energy. What do you think -- is using ethanol mostly a good idea or mostly a bad idea?"

  Total Republican Democrat Independent
Good 70% 71% 69% 70%
Bad 23% 21% 22% 24%
Don't know / No answer 7% 8% 9% 6%

Subjects: 1,052
Margin of Error: ± 3 %
Source: Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) New York Times Apr. 20-24, 2007


9. Los Angeles Times / Bloomberg (July 28 - Aug. 1, 2006)

"Which of the following would be the best way for the U.S. to reduce reliance on foreign oil?"

  Total Republican Democrat Independent
Government investment in alternative energy sources such as wind and solar 52% 44% 56% 58%
Relax environmental standards for more drilling for oil and gas 20% 28% 15% 18%
Impose stricter mileage standards to increase fuel efficiency 8% 7% 10% 7%
Permit more nuclear power plants 6% 6% 3% 5%
Other 4% 4% 4% 4%
All of these 3% 5% 3% 2%
Don't know 3% 2% 6% 2%
Increase gasoline tax 2% 3% 2% 1%
None of these 2% 1% 1% 3%

Subjects: 1,478
Margin of Error: ± 3 %
Source: Los Angeles Times Bloomberg July 28 - Aug. 1, 2006