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UT Energy Poll Fall 2012

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Results from the UT Energy Poll, Fall 2012, presented at The National Press Club on Oct. 16, 2012 by Dean Thomas Gilligan, Dr. Wayne Hoyer, and Sheril Kirshenbaum. Results include questions on the …

Results from the UT Energy Poll, Fall 2012, presented at The National Press Club on Oct. 16, 2012 by Dean Thomas Gilligan, Dr. Wayne Hoyer, and Sheril Kirshenbaum. Results include questions on the impact of energy policies on voter perceptions regarding the 2012 Presidential Election. For more: http://www.utenergypoll.com/


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  • 1. Energy and The Election The National Press Club October 16, 2012 Dean Thomas Gilligan The McCombs School of Business Dr. Wayne Hoyer Sheril KirshenbaumExecutive Director of The Energy Poll Project Director of The Energy Poll
  • 2. Impartial and authoritative source of public perspectives on energy to inform and guidediscussion, business planning and policy development Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 2
  • 3. Background • First questionnaire developed in 2010 (Inaugural launch Oct. 2011) •Collaborative effort with representatives from academic institutions, polling companies, non-governmental organizations, energy producers and energy consumersThird release • Online survey conducted September 6-17, 2012 • 2,092 respondents, weighted to reflect U.S. Census demographicsGeneral Topics• Energy prices and availability• Energy concerns• Satisfaction with government• Consumer behaviors and voting preferences• Hot topic: Energy and the Election Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 3
  • 4. When it comes to dealing with energy issues that face our nation, do you think things are headed in the...?September 2011 Base: 3406, March 2012 Base: 2371, September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 4
  • 5. Looking ahead, do you expect that 6 months from today, the price for gasoline will…?September 2011 Base: 3406, March 2012 Base: 2371, September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 5
  • 6. How likely are you to seek more information about each of the following in the next 6 months?March 2012 Base: 2371, September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 6
  • 7. Over the next five years, how do you think U.S. energy policy willaffect your choices for more affordable and clean energy?March 2012 Base: 2371, September 2012 Base: 2092All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 7
  • 8. Over the next five years, how do you think U.S. energy policy willaffect your choices for more affordable and clean energy?September 2012 Base: 2092All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 8
  • 9. Who do you trust to provide information on how to conserve energy? %September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 9
  • 10. Who do you trust to provide information on how to conserve energy? %September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 10
  • 11. Do you trust the academic/scientific community to provide information on how to conserve energy?September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 11
  • 12. Do you trust oil and gas companies to provide information on how to conserve energy?September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 12
  • 13. How likely is it that you will do each of the following within the next 5 years?September 2011 Base: 3406, September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 13
  • 14. How likely is it that you will do each of the following within the next 5 years?September 2011 Base: 3406, September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 14
  • 15. How likely is it that you will use “smart meter” technology within the next 5 years?September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 15
  • 16. Which benefits do you most associate with renewable energy sources? %September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 16
  • 17. Which benefits do you most associate with renewable energy sources? %September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 17
  • 18. How satisfied are you with the job that each is doing to address the energy issues most important to you?September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 18
  • 19. Compared to most people you know, how knowledgeable are you about how energy is produced, delivered and used?September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 19
  • 20. Compared to most people you know, how knowledgeable are you about how energy is produced, delivered and used?September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 20
  • 21. Do you think climate change is occurring?March 2012 Base: 2371, July 2012 Base: 1029. September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 21
  • 22. Do you think climate change is occurring? Sep-12 80% of both African Americans and Hispanics say climate change is occurringMarch 2012 Base: 2371, July 2012 Base: 1029. September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 22
  • 23. Do you think climate change is occurring?March 2012 Base: 2371, July 2012 Base: 1029. September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 23
  • 24. Do you think climate change is occurring? Alabama Arkansas District of Columbia Delaware Florida Georgia Kentucky Louisiana Maryland Mississippi North Carolina Oklahoma South Carolina Tennessee Texas Virginia West VirginiaMarch 2012 Base: 2371, July 2012 Base: 1029. September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 24
  • 25. Indicate if you think each of the following is a significant factor contributing to global climate change:September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 25
  • 26. Do you support or oppose the use of nuclear energy?September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 26
  • 27. Do you support or oppose the use of nuclear energy? 37% of those who say climate change is occurring support nuclear 60% of those who say climate change isn’t occurring support nuclearSeptember 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 27
  • 28. Which presidential candidate do you believe has the best energy platform for the country?September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 28
  • 29. Which presidential candidate do you believe has the best energy platform for the country?September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 29
  • 30. Would you be more likely to vote for a presidential candidate who supports..?September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 30
  • 31. Would you be more likely to vote for a presidential candidate who supports..?September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 31
  • 32. Would you be more likely to vote for a presidential candidate who supports decreasing the use of coal as an energy source?September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 32
  • 33. How concerned are you about each of the following?September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 33
  • 34. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the statement: “The President has the power to manage the cost of gasoline.”September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 34
  • 35. Who or what do you believe is most responsible for the price of gasoline at the pump?September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 35
  • 36. Would you be more likely to vote for a presidential candidate who promises to make gasoline less expensive?September 2012 Base: 2092.All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 36
  • 37. %Percentage of people who selected the issues as 1st or 2nd choices.July 2012, UT Energy Poll, with American Clean Skies Foundation and Politico Allresults based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 37
  • 38. For more information: www.utenergypoll.comsheril.kirshenbaum@mccombs.utexas.edu (512) 232-5942 Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, September 2012 Page 38