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GPG takes a look at publicly-released polls on a wide range of key energy and environment issues. This presentation contains findings released between January and April, 2013.

GPG takes a look at publicly-released polls on a wide range of key energy and environment issues. This presentation contains findings released between January and April, 2013.

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  • Public Opinion Landscape:Energy and the EnvironmentApril 2013
  • TABLE OF CONTENTS11. Current Landscape………………………….……………………….………….22. Energy Policy & Political Perceptions…………………………….......143. Energy Sources.………………………………………………………………...23Slide
  • Current Landscape
  • FEDERAL BUDGET DEFICIT SURPASSESTHE ENVIRONMENTAS MOST IMPORTANT PROBLEM OFTHE FUTURE4%6%8%12%13%Health careUnemploy-ment/JobsEnvironment/PollutionEconomy ingeneralFederal debt34%2%14% 13%5%12% 11% 12%14%14%11%8%2%3%6%6%8%5%8%4%2007 2008 2010 2013Source: Gallup Poll, March 7-10, 2013Looking ahead, what do you think will be the most important problemfacing our nation 25 years from now? [OPEN-ENDED] [SHOWN: TREND]Federal debtEconomyEnvironment/PollutionUnemployment/JobsHealth care
  • 33%36%42%44%36%37% 37%42%51% 53%43%54% 49%48%57%54%47% 49%53% 52% 55%49%42%38%50%36%41% 43%2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2010 2011 2012 2013EconomicGrowthEnvironmentAMERICANS PRIORITIZE ECONOMIC GROWTH OVERENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION; SMALLER GAPTHANLASTYEAR4Note: Equal priority and No opinion answers not shown.Which one of these statements about the environment and the economy do you mostagree – [ROTATED: protection of the environment should be given priority, even at therisk of curbing economic growth (or) economic growth should be given priority, even ifthe environment suffers to some extent]?Source: Gallup Poll, March 7-10, 2013
  • 36%40% 40%44%39%42%34%41%46%50%39%50% 47%46%52% 52%49% 48%52%49%58%50%47%43%55%41%44%45%2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2010 2011 2012 2013EnergydevelopmentEnvironmentalprotectionAMERICANS SPLIT ON ENVIRONMENTVS. ENERGYTRADE-OFF5Source: Gallup Poll, March 7-10, 2013With which one of these statements about the environment and energy production doyou most agree – [ROTATED: protection of the environment should be given priority, evenat the risk of limiting the amount of energy supplies – such as oil, gas, and coal – whichthe United States produces (or) development of U.S. energy supplies – such as oil, gas,and coal – should be given priority, even if the environment suffers to some extent]?Note: Equal priority and No opinion answers not shown.
  • DEMOCRATS WANT ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION;REPUBLICANS AND INDEPENDENTS MORE CONCERNEDWITH ENERGY DEVELOPEMENT6Note: “DK/ref”results not shownSource: Gallup Poll, March 7-10, 2013With which one of these statements about the environment and energy production do you mostagree – [ROTATED: protection of the environment should be given priority, even at the risk oflimiting the amount of energy supplies – such as oil, gas, and coal – which the United Statesproduces (or) development of U.S. energy supplies – such as oil, gas, and coal – should be givenpriority, even if the environment suffers to some extent]?Issue Democrats Republicans IndependentsEnvironmentalprotection64% 25% 43%Energydevelopment28% 71% 46%
  • GREATER NUMBER OF AMERICANS ARE CONCERNEDWITH GLOBAL WARMINGTHISYEARTHAN LASTYEAR758%51%62%65% 66%60%52% 51%55% 58%40%47%36% 34% 33%39%48% 48% 45%43%0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%2003 2004 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013% Worry a greatdeal/a fairamount% Only alittle/not at allI’m going to read you a list of environmental problems. As I read each one, please tellme if you personally worry about this problem a great deal, a fair amount, only a little,or not at all. First, how much do you worry about [global warming]?Source: Gallup Poll, March 7-10, 2013
  • MORE SAYTHERE IS EVIDENCE OFTEMPERATURECHANGE OVER PAST DECADES8Note: “DK/ref”results not shownFrom what you’ve read and heard, is there solid evidence that the average temperature on earth has beengetting warmer over the past decades, or not?[SHOW: Do you believe the earth is getting warmer? Yes, No][SHOW: If yes, why?]Source: Pew Research Center, March 13-17, 2013Sep/Oct2009Oct2010Feb/Mar2011Nov2011Oct2012Mar2013Yes 57% 59% 58% 63% 67% 69%Mostly because ofhuman activity suchas burning fossil fuels36% 34% 36% 38% 42% 42%Mostly because ofnatural patterns in theearths environment16% 18% 18% 18% 19% 23%No 33% 32% 34% 28% 26% 27%
  • PEOPLE INCREASINGLY PERCEIVETHE SERIOUSNESS OFGLOBAL WARMING AS UNDERESTIMATED IN NEWS931%33%38%31% 30%33%35%41%48%43% 42% 41%32%29%25%29%28%29%33%29%24% 26%24% 24%32%33% 33%35%38%35%29%28%25%29%31%33%0%5%10%15%20%25%30%35%40%45%50%2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013% Exaggerated% Correct% UnderestimatedSource: Gallup Poll, March 7-10, 2013Thinking about what is said in the news, in yourview is the seriousness of global warming –[generally exaggerated, generally correct, or is itgenerally underestimated]?Note: “DK/ref”results not shown
  • 10Humanactivity48%Naturalpatterns31%Globalwarmingdoes notexist10%Caused byboth6%DK/ref4%Which statement comes closest toyour view about global warming?1. Global warming is caused mostlyby human activity such as burningfossil fuels.2. Global warming is caused mostlyby natural patterns in the earthsenvironment.3. Global warming does not exist.Source: CBS News Poll, February 6-10, 2013NEARLY HALF OF AMERICANS BELIEVE GLOBALWARMING IS CAUSED BY HUMAN ACTIVITY; ONE-IN-TENDISMISS EXISTENCE
  • 11Impactnow49%In thefuture28%No seriousimpact19%Don’t know5%Do you think global warming isan environmental problem thatis causing a serious impact now,or do you think the impact ofglobal warming wont happenuntil sometime in the future, ordo you think global warmingwont have a serious impact atall?Source: CBS News Poll, February 6-10, 2013SIMILARLY, NEARLY HALF AGREETHAT GLOBALWARMING IS CAUSING AN IMPACT RIGHT NOW
  • YET, LARGE MAJORITY DOUBT GLOBAL WARMING WILLSERIOUSLY IMPACTTHEIR WAY OF LIFE1265%62%58% 60%67%61%64%33% 35%40% 38%32%38%34%0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%2002 2006 2008 2009 2010 2012 2013% No% YesNote: “No opinion”results not shownDo you think that global warming will pose a serious threatto you or your way of life in your lifetime?Source: Gallup Poll, March 7-10, 2013
  • 13Energy Policy & Political Perceptions
  • 1414%2%3%18%9%10%36%41%33%28%45%52%0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100Dealing with global warmingDealing with the nations energyproblemProtecting the environmentTop priorityImportant butlower priorityNot too importantShould not be doneSource: Pew Research Center, Jan. 9 – 13, 2013Note: “DK/ref”results not shown“PROTECTINGTHE ENVIRONMENT” HIGHER PRIORITYTHAN DEALINGWITH GLOBAL WARMINGI’d like to ask you about priorities for President Obama and Congress this year. As I read from a list, tell me if youthink each should be a top priority, important but lower priority, not too important or it should not be done.
  • NEARLY HALF – BUT FEWERTHAN LASTYEAR –THINKGOV’T IS DOINGTOO LITTLETO PROTECT ENVIRONMENT7% 5% 5% 4%15% 16% 17%16%51%55%58% 62%46%49% 51%47%37% 37%34% 33% 35% 33% 30% 35%0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%2003 2004 2005 2006 2010 2011 2012 2013% Too much% Too little% About the right amount15Do you think the U.S. government is doing too much,too little, or about the right amount in terms ofprotecting the environment?Note: “Not sure,”“DK/ref” resultsnot shownSource: Gallup Poll, March 7-10, 2013
  • ENVIRONMENT IS NOT A TOP FEDERAL PRIORITYAMONG AMERICANSEconomy 35%Federal Deficit 20%Health care 12%Gun policy 15%Foreign Policy 5%Immigration 4%Environment 3%Source: Quinnipiac University Poll, January 30 – February 4, 201316As President Obama prepares to deliver his State of the Union address, please tellme which one of the following issues you are most interested in hearing himaddress…Note: “DK/ref”results not shown
  • 44% 45% 44%32%37%34%0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Oct/Nov, 2009 May, 2010 Feb. 13-18 2013% Approve% DisapproveMIDDLING APPROVAL OF OBAMA’S HANDLING OFCLIMATE CHANGE HAS REMAINEDNow, thinking about how Barack Obama is handling someissues... Do you approve or disapprove of the way BarackObama is handling climate change?Source: Pew Research Center, Feb. 13 – 18, 2013Note: “DK/ref”results not shown 17
  • BarackObama47%Republicans26%Same/nodifference2%Neither8%DK/Ref17%BarackObama38%Republicans26%Same/nodifference1%Neither11%DK/Ref24%MORETRUST OBAMATO HANDLE CLIMATE CHANGETHAN DURING FIRSTTERM18Feb. 2010 Feb. 2013+9%Source: Pew Research Center, Feb. 13 – 18, 2013And thinking about these same issues, who do you think has the better approach todealing with climate change?
  • 19BarackObama55%GOP inCongress31%Don’tknow14%Approve47%Disapprove34%Don’tknow18%Do you approve or disapproveof the way Barack Obama ishandling energy policy?Who do you trust to do a better job handling - theenvironment, President Obama or the Republicans inCongress?Source: Quinnipiac University Poll, January 30 – February 4, 2013 Source: CBS News Poll, February 6-10, 2013MAJORITY TRUST OBAMA OVER REPUBLICANSWHENHANDLING ENVIRONMENT; PLURALITY APPROVE OFOBAMA’S HANDLING OF ENERGY POLICY
  • PLURALITY OF AMERICANSTHINK DEMOCRATS HAVEBETTER APPROACHTO ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY36%25%15% 15%7%0%5%10%15%20%25%30%35%40%45%50%Democrats Dont know Republicans None IndependentsIn your opinion, which political party hasa better plan, policy or approach to theenvironment?Source: Ipsos Poll (Reuters), April 5-9, 2013Note: “Other” results not shown 20
  • 21If you were making up the budget for the federalgovernment this year, would you increase spending,decrease spending or keep spending the same forenvironmental protection?Source: Pew Research Center, Feb. 13 – 18, 201348%43%43%36%33%9% 9% 16%26%22%40%45%34% 36%43%0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Apr. 2001 Feb. 2002 June. 2009 Feb. 2011 Feb. 2013% Increase% Decrease% Keep the sameNote: “DK/ref”results not shownJUST ONE IN FOUR AMERICANS WANT ENVIRONMENTALPROTECTION SPENDING REDUCED
  • Energy Sources
  • 52%34%41%36% 36%9% 9% 15%23% 21%35%49%35%37% 38%0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Apr. 2001 Feb. 2002 June. 2009 Feb. 2011 Feb. 2013% Increase% DecreaseMAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT OR WANTTOINCREASE CURRENT SPENDING LEVELS IN RELATIONTOENERGY23If you were making up the budget for the federalgovernment this year, would you increase spending,decrease spending or keep spending the same for energy?Source: Pew Research Center, Feb. 13 – 18, 2013Note: “DK/ref”results not shown
  • 243%22%22%68%0 20 40 60 80 100Not at all importantNot very importantSomewhat importantVery importantSource: CBS News Poll, February 6-10, 2013Note: “DK/ref”results not shownHow important is it for the U.S. todevelop an alternative to oil as amajor source of energy--veryimportant, somewhat important,not very important, or not at allimportant?STRONG MAJORITY BELIEVES IN IMPORTANCE OFDEVELOPINGALTERNATIVETO OIL AS MAJOR SOURCEOF ENERGY
  • THREE-IN-FOURWANT MORE EMPHASIS ON SOLAR,NEARLY EQUAL SUPPORT FOR WINDSorted by “more emphasis” More emphasis Less emphasis Same emphasisSolar power 76% 10% 12%Wind 71% 12% 16%Natural gas 65% 10% 24%Oil 46% 32% 21%Nuclear power 37% 32% 28%Coal 31% 41% 25%25Note: “No opinion”results not shownSource: Gallup Poll, March 7-10, 2013Do you think that as a country, the United States should put more emphasis , less emphasis, or aboutthe same emphasis as it does now on producing domestic energy from each of the following sources --?
  • REPUBLICANS FAVOR GAS, OIL & COAL, MORE SOTHANOTHERS2668%59%78%71%49% 51%87%83%59%29% 30%21%74%68%62%43%35%26%0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Solar power Wind Natural gas Oil NuclearpowerCoalRepublicansDemocratsIndependentsSource: Gallup Poll, March 7-10, 2013Do you think that as a country, the United Statesshould put more emphasis , less emphasis, orabout the same emphasis as it does now onproducing domestic energy from each of thefollowing sources --?Note: “DK/ref”results not shown
  • STRONG MAJORITY FAVOR KEYSTONE PIPELINE;NEARLY HALF FAVOR INCREASED FRACKING27Favor48%Oppose38%DK/Ref14%Favor66%Oppose23%DK/Ref11%Do you favor or oppose…Increasing the use of fracking, a drilling method that useshigh-pressure water and chemicals to extract oil andnatural gas from underground rock formations?Building the Keystone XL pipeline that would transport oilfrom Canada’s oil sands region through the Midwest torefineries in Texas?Source: Pew Research Center, March 13-17, 2013
  • 28GPG ResearchGPG has a full-scale internal research team offering the full complement of qualitative andquantitative public opinion research services. We use research to inform messagedevelopment and communication strategy, as well as to help clients assess and monitorcritical issues and track the effectiveness of strategic communication campaigns.GPG has a deep experience conducting research about complex environmental and politicaltopics with diverse audiences. We go beyond the standard Q&A, using innovative, projectivetechniques to uncover key insights. The result is actionable research that helps shape ourclients’ messaging and strategy.For more information about this presentationor to find out more about GPG’s research capabilities contact:Jason Boxt (jboxt@gpgdc.com)