Public	
  Opinion	
  Landscape:	
  
Energy	
  and	
  the	
  Environment	
  
April	
  2014	
  
TABLE	
  OF	
  CONTENTS	
  
1
1.  Current	
  Landscape………………………….……………………….………….2	
  
2.  Energy	
  Policy	
  &	
  Poli:ca...
Current	
  Landscape	
  
AMERICAN	
  VIEWS	
  ON	
  QUALITY	
  OF	
  ENVIRONMENT	
  
REMAIN	
  CONSISTENT	
  OVER	
  PAST	
  5	
  YEARS	
  
3	
  
3...
MOST	
  AMERICANS	
  WOULD	
  RATE	
  THE	
  QUALITY	
  OF	
  
THE	
  ENVIRONMENT	
  AS	
  EXCELLENT	
  OR	
  GOOD	
  	
  ...
A	
  MAJORITY	
  OF	
  AMERICANS	
  CONTINUE	
  TO	
  SAY	
  
THEY	
  WORRY	
  A	
  GREAT	
  DEAL	
  OR	
  A	
  FAIR	
  AM...
MOST	
  AMERICANS	
  SAY	
  THERE	
  IS	
  EVIDENCE	
  OF	
  
TEMPERATURE	
  CHANGE	
  OVER	
  PAST	
  DECADES	
  	
  
6	
...
7	
  
Human	
  
ac:vity	
  
46%	
  
Natural	
  
paPerns	
  
34%	
  
Global	
  
warming	
  
does	
  not	
  
exist	
  
14%	
...
YET	
  AMERICANS	
  ARE	
  MORE	
  LIKELY	
  TO	
  SAY	
  THE	
  
SERIOUSNESS	
  OF	
  GLOBAL	
  WARMING	
  IS	
  EXAGGERA...
AND	
  A	
  LARGE	
  MAJORITY	
  DOUBT	
  GLOBAL	
  WARMING	
  
WILL	
  SERIOUSLY	
  IMPACT	
  THEIR	
  WAY	
  OF	
  LIFE	...
EVEN	
  WHEN	
  FRAMED	
  AS	
  A	
  SCIENTIFIC	
  STATEMENT,	
  
AMERICANS	
  STILL	
  UNDECIDED	
  ABOUT	
  GLOBAL	
  WA...
HOWEVER,	
  MOST	
  BELIEVE	
  GLOBAL	
  WARMING	
  HAS	
  
ALREADY	
  BEGUN,	
  WITH	
  EXCEPTION	
  OF	
  REPUBLICANS	
 ...
12
Energy	
  Policy	
  &	
  Political	
  Perceptions	
  
33%	
  
36%	
  
42%	
   44%	
  
36%	
   37%	
   37%	
  
42%	
  
51%	
   53%	
  
43%	
  
54%	
  
49%	
   48%	
  
41%	
  
57...
DEMOCRATS	
  &	
  REPUBLICANS	
  FAR	
  APART	
  ON	
  
ENVIRONMENT	
  AND	
  ECONOMIC	
  GROWTH	
  PRIORITIES	
  
	
  
14...
36%	
  
40%	
   40%	
  
44%	
  
39%	
  
42%	
  
34%	
  
41%	
  
46%	
  
50%	
  
39%	
  
50%	
  
47%	
   46%	
  
40%	
  
52...
AMERICANS	
  STILL	
  FAVOR	
  ENERGY	
  CONSERVATION	
  
OVER	
  OIL,	
  GAS,	
  AND	
  COAL	
  PRODUCTION	
  
16	
  
33%...
17	
  
D
Chart	
  
Source:	
  Pew	
  Research	
  Center,	
  Jan	
  15-­‐19,	
  2014	
  
15%	
  
2%	
  
3%	
  
20%	
  
10%	...
NEARLY	
  HALF	
  THINK	
  THE	
  GOVERNMENT	
  IS	
  DOING	
  
TOO	
  LITTLE	
  TO	
  PROTECT	
  THE	
  ENVIRONMENT	
  
7...
AMERICANS	
  CONTINUE	
  TO	
  SEE	
  OBAMA	
  BETTER	
  ON	
  
PROTECTING	
  THE	
  ENVIRONMENT	
  THAN	
  IMPROVING	
  
...
MORE	
  AMERICANS	
  THINK	
  DEMOCRATS	
  HAVE	
  BETTER	
  
APPROACH	
  TO	
  ENVIRONMENTAL	
  POLICY	
  
30%	
  
15%	
 ...
AMERICANS	
  FAVOR	
  GREEN	
  ENERGY	
  PROPOSALS	
  	
  
Favor	
   Oppose	
  
Spending	
  more	
  government	
  money	
 ...
Energy	
  Sources	
  
SOLAR,	
  WIND,	
  AND	
  GAS	
  ARE	
  MOST	
  COMMONLY	
  SEEN	
  
AS	
  HAVING	
  BENEFITS	
  WHICH	
  OUTWEIGH	
  THEI...
A	
  MAJORITY	
  OF	
  AMERICANS	
  FAVORS	
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PIPELINE	
  
24	
  
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  favor	
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  MORE	
  JOB	
  CREATION	
  DUE	
  TO	
  
PIPELINE	
  VERSUS	
  ENVIRONMENTAL	
  RISK	
  
25	
  
85%	
 ...
KEYSTONE	
  XL	
  PIPELINE	
  DIVIDES	
  DEMOCRATS	
  
38%	
  
9%	
  
29%	
  
49%	
  
84%	
  
61%	
  
Democrat	
   Republi...
A	
  MAJORITY	
  OF	
  AMERICANS	
  FAVOR	
  KEEPING	
  OIL	
  IN	
  
AMERICA;	
  SPECIFICALLY,	
  TO	
  LOWER	
  GAS	
  P...
MOST	
  SUPPORT	
  GOVERNMENT	
  RESTRICTIONS	
  ON	
  
GASOLINE	
  EXPORTS	
  TO	
  PROTECT	
  U.S.	
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  PRICES	
  
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  1. 1. Public  Opinion  Landscape:   Energy  and  the  Environment   April  2014  
  2. 2. TABLE  OF  CONTENTS   1 1.  Current  Landscape………………………….……………………….………….2   2.  Energy  Policy  &  Poli:cal  Percep:ons…………………………….......12   3.  Energy  Sources.……………………………………………………………….....22   Slide  
  3. 3. Current  Landscape  
  4. 4. AMERICAN  VIEWS  ON  QUALITY  OF  ENVIRONMENT   REMAIN  CONSISTENT  OVER  PAST  5  YEARS   3   36%   40%   33%   34%   29%   25%   25%   26%   41%   41%   42%   42%   41%   42%   57%   54%   57%   58%   63%   67%   67%   68%   51%   48%   48%   49%   49%   50%   2001   2002   2003   2004   2005   2006   2007   2008   2009   2010   2011   2012   2013   2014   Right  now,  do  you  think  the  quality  of  the  environment  in  the  country  as  a  whole  is  geNng  bePer   or  geNng  worse?   Ge(ng  worse     Ge(ng  be0er   Source:  Gallup  Poll,  March  6-­‐9,  2014   Note:    “Same”  and  “no  opinion”  results  not  shown  
  5. 5. MOST  AMERICANS  WOULD  RATE  THE  QUALITY  OF   THE  ENVIRONMENT  AS  EXCELLENT  OR  GOOD     4   46%   47%   41%   43%   41%   40%   40%   40%   39%   46%   45%   44%   48%   44%   6%   7%   10%   11%   10%   11%   11%   11%   16%   9%   11%   10%   8%   11%   2001   2002   2003   2004   2005   2006   2007   2008   2009   2010   2011   2012   2013   2014   Excellent/Good               Poor   How  would  you  rate  the  overall  quality  of  the  environment  in  this  country  today  –  as  excellent,   good,  only  fair,  or  poor?   Note:    “Fair”  results  not  shown   Source:  Gallup  Poll,  March  6-­‐9,  2014  
  6. 6. A  MAJORITY  OF  AMERICANS  CONTINUE  TO  SAY   THEY  WORRY  A  GREAT  DEAL  OR  A  FAIR  AMOUNT   ABOUT  GLOBAL  WARMING   5   58%   51%   62%   65%   66%   60%   52%   51%   55%   58%   56%   40%   47%   36%   34%   33%   39%   48%   48%   45%   43%   43%   2003   2004   2006   2007   2008   2009   2010   2011   2012   2013   2014   I’m  going  to  read  you  a  list  of  environmental  problems.  As  I  read  each  one,  please  tell   me  if  you  personally  worry  about  this  problem  a  great  deal,  a  fair  amount,  only  a  liPle,   or  not  at  all.  First,  how  much  do  you  worry  about  [global  warming]?   Source:  Gallup  Poll,  March  6-­‐9,  2014   Worry  a  great  deal/a   fair  amount     Only  a  li0le/not  at  all  
  7. 7. MOST  AMERICANS  SAY  THERE  IS  EVIDENCE  OF   TEMPERATURE  CHANGE  OVER  PAST  DECADES     6  Note:    “DK/ref”  results  not  shown   From  what  you’ve  read  and  heard,  is  there  solid  evidence  that  the  average  temperature  on  earth  has  been   geNng  warmer  over  the  past  decades,  or  not?   [If  yes,  why?]   Source:  Pew  Research  Center,  October  9-­‐13,  2013   Sep/Oct   2009   Oct   2010   Feb/Mar   2011   Nov   2011   Oct   2012   Mar   2013   Oct     2013   Yes   57%   59%   58%   63%   67%   69%   67%   Mostly  because  of   human  ac:vity  such   as  burning  fossil   fuels   36%   34%   36%   38%   42%   42%   44%   Mostly  because  of   natural  paPerns  in   the  earth's   environment   16%   18%   18%   18%   19%   23%   18%   No   33%   32%   34%   28%   26%   27%   26%  
  8. 8. 7   Human   ac:vity   46%   Natural   paPerns   34%   Global   warming   does  not   exist   14%   Caused  by   both   3%   Not  sure   what  it's   caused  by   2%   DK/ref   2%   Which  statement  comes  closest  to   your  view  about  global  warming?     1.  Global  warming  is  caused  mostly   by  human  ac:vity  such  as  burning   fossil  fuels.     2.  Global  warming  is  caused  mostly   by  natural  paPerns  in  the  earth's   environment.       3.  Global  warming  does  not  exist.   Source:  CBS  News  Poll,  February  19-­‐23,  2014   LESS  THAN  HALF  OF  AMERICANS  BELIEVE  GLOBAL   WARMING  IS  CAUSED  BY  HUMAN  ACTIVITY;  14%   DISMISS  EXISTENCE  
  9. 9. YET  AMERICANS  ARE  MORE  LIKELY  TO  SAY  THE   SERIOUSNESS  OF  GLOBAL  WARMING  IS  EXAGGERATED   8   31%   33%   38%   31%  30%   33%   35%   41%   48%   43%   42%   41%   42%   32%   29%   25%   29%   28%   29%   33%   29%   24%   26%   24%   24%  23%   32%   33%   33%   35%   38%   35%   29%   28%   25%   29%   31%   33%   33%   0%   5%   10%   15%   20%   25%   30%   35%   40%   45%   50%   2002   2003   2004   2005   2006   2007   2008   2009   2010   2011   2012   2013   2014   Source:  Gallup  Poll,  March  6-­‐9,  2014   Thinking  about  what  is  said  in  the  news,  in  your  view  is  the   seriousness  of  global  warming  –  [generally  exaggerated,  generally   correct,  or  is  it  generally  underes:mated]?   Note:    “DK/ref”  results  not  shown   Exaggerated       UnderesUmated         Correct  
  10. 10. AND  A  LARGE  MAJORITY  DOUBT  GLOBAL  WARMING   WILL  SERIOUSLY  IMPACT  THEIR  WAY  OF  LIFE     9   65%   62%   58%   60%   67%   61%   64%   64%   33%   35%   40%   38%   32%   38%   34%   36%   0%   10%   20%   30%   40%   50%   60%   70%   80%   90%   100%   2002   2006   2008   2009   2010   2012   2013   2014   Note:    “No  opinion”  results  not  shown   Do  you  think  that  global  warming  will  pose  a  serious  threat   to  you  or  your  way  of  life  in  your  life:me?   Source:  Gallup  Poll,  March  6-­‐9,  2014   No           Yes  
  11. 11. EVEN  WHEN  FRAMED  AS  A  SCIENTIFIC  STATEMENT,   AMERICANS  STILL  UNDECIDED  ABOUT  GLOBAL  WARMING     10   On  the  next  few  screens,  you’ll  see  a  series  of  statements  about  science  and  medicine.  For  each  of  them,  please   indicate  how  confident  you  are  that  the  statement  is  correct.  [The  average  temperature  of  the  world  is  rising,   mostly  because  of  man-­‐made  heat-­‐trapping  greenhouse  gasses]   Source:  AP-­‐GfK  Poll,  March  20-­‐24,  2014   33%   28%   37%   Extremely/Very  confident     Somewhat  confident   Not  too/Not  at  all  confident  
  12. 12. HOWEVER,  MOST  BELIEVE  GLOBAL  WARMING  HAS   ALREADY  BEGUN,  WITH  EXCEPTION  OF  REPUBLICANS   11   WHEN  EFFECTS  WILL  OCCUR   All   Democrats   Independents   Republicans   Already  begun   54%   73%   51%   36%   Will  begin  within  a  few  years   3%   4%   2%   2%   Will  begin  within  life:me   8%   6%   10%   4%   Will  affect  future  genera:ons   16%   13%   14%   22%   Will  never  happen   18%   3%   19%   34%   Which  of  the  following  statements  reflects  your  view  of  when  the  effects  of  global  warming  will  begin  to  happen?   SERIOUS  THREAT  TO  WAY  OF  LIFE   All   Democrats   Independents   Republicans   Yes   36%   56%   32%   19%   No   65%   44%   67%   81%   Source:  Gallup  Poll,  March  6-­‐9,  2014  
  13. 13. 12 Energy  Policy  &  Political  Perceptions  
  14. 14. 33%   36%   42%   44%   36%   37%   37%   42%   51%   53%   43%   54%   49%   48%   41%   57%   54%   47%   49%   53%   52%   55%   49%   42%   38%   50%   36%   41%   43%   50%   2001   2002   2003   2004   2005   2006   2007   2008   2009   2010   2010   2011   2012   2013   2014   Environment     Economic   Growth   AMERICANS  NOW  PRIORITIZE  ENVIRONMENTAL   PROTECTION  OVER  ECONOMIC  GROWTH   13  Note:  “Equal  priority”  and  “No  opinion”  results  not  shown.     Which  one  of  these  statements  about  the  environment  and  the  economy  do  you  most  agree  –  [ROTATED:   protec:on  of  the  environment  should  be  given  priority,  even  at  the  risk  of  curbing  economic  growth  (or)   economic  growth  should  be  given  priority,  even  if  the  environment  suffers  to  some  extent]?   Source:  Gallup  Poll,  March  6-­‐9,  2014   March          May   BP  oil  spill  occurred   April  2010  
  15. 15. DEMOCRATS  &  REPUBLICANS  FAR  APART  ON   ENVIRONMENT  AND  ECONOMIC  GROWTH  PRIORITIES     14   Source:  Gallup  Poll,  March  6-­‐9,  2014   59%   64%   70%   61%   74%   66%   68%   59%   34%   31%   22%   27%   19%   27%   27%   32%   2008   2009   2010   2010   2011   2012   2013   2014   Republicans’  Views  of  Priori:zing  the  Environment  vs.  Economic  Growth   Democrats’  Views  of  Priori:zing  the  Environment  vs.  Economic  Growth   Environment   Economic  Growth   33%   44%   41%   34%   42%   42%   35%   27%   59%   50%   49%   61%   46%   50%   55%   66%   2008   2009   2010   2010   2011   2012   2013   2014   Environment   Economic  Growth   Note:  Equal  priority  and  No  opinion  results  not  shown.    
  16. 16. 36%   40%   40%   44%   39%   42%   34%   41%   46%   50%   39%   50%   47%   46%   40%   52%   52%   49%   48%   52%   49%   58%   50%   47%   43%   55%   41%   44%  45%   51%   2001   2002   2003   2004   2005   2006   2007   2008   2009   2010   2010   2011   2012   2013   2014   AMERICANS  NOW  ALSO  SAY  ENVIRONMENTAL   PROTECTION  SHOULD  BE  GIVEN  PRIORITY  OVER   ENERGY  DEVELOPMENT   15   Source:  Gallup  Poll,  March  6-­‐9,  2014   With  which  one  of  these  statements  about  the  environment  and  energy  producUon  do  you  most  agree  –   [ROTATED:  protec:on  of  the  environment  should  be  given  priority,  even  at  the  risk  of  limi:ng  the  amount  of   energy  supplies  –  such  as  oil,  gas,  and  coal  –  which  the  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  results  not  shown.     Environmental   protecUon     Energy   development  
  17. 17. AMERICANS  STILL  FAVOR  ENERGY  CONSERVATION   OVER  OIL,  GAS,  AND  COAL  PRODUCTION   16   33%   30%   29%   31%   28%   35%   26%   29%   36%   41%   40%   36%   34%   56%   60%   60%   59%   61%   55%   64%   61%   52%   48%   51%   51%   57%   2001   2002   2003   2004   2005   2006   2007   2008   2010   2011   2012   2013   2014   More  energy   conservaUon         More  energy   producUon     Which  of  the  following  approaches  to  solving  the  na:on’s  energy  problem  do  you  think  the  U.S.   should  follow  right  now  –  emphasize  produc:on  of  more  oil,  gas,  and  coal  supplies  or  emphasize   more  conserva:on  by  consumers  of  exis:ng  energy  supplies?   Source:  Gallup  Poll,  March  6-­‐9,  2014   Note:  No  opinion  results  not  shown.    
  18. 18. 17   D Chart   Source:  Pew  Research  Center,  Jan  15-­‐19,  2014   15%   2%   3%   20%   10%   7%   31%   41%   40%   29%   45%   49%   Dealing  with  global  warming   Dealing  with  the  na:on's  energy   problem   Protec:ng  the  environment   Top  priority   Important  but  lower  priority   Not  too  important   Should  not  be  done   Note:    “DK/ref”  results  not  shown   PROTECTING  THE  ENVIRONMENT  HIGHER  PRIORITY   THAN  DEALING  WITH  GLOBAL  WARMING   I’d  like  to  ask  you  about  priori:es  for  President  Obama  and  Congress  this  year.  As  I  read  from  a  list,  tell  me  if  you   think  each  should  be  a  top  priority,  important  but  lower  priority,  not  too  important  or  it  should  not  be  done.    
  19. 19. NEARLY  HALF  THINK  THE  GOVERNMENT  IS  DOING   TOO  LITTLE  TO  PROTECT  THE  ENVIRONMENT   7%   5%   5%   4%   15%   16%   17%   16%   17%   51%   55%   58%   62%   46%   49%   51%   47%   48%   37%   37%   34%   33%   35%   33%   30%   35%   34%   2003   2004   2005   2006   2010   2011   2012   2013   2014   Too  li0le     About  the   right  amount     Too  much   18   Do  you  think  the  U.S.  government  is  doing  too  much,  too  liPle,  or   about  the  right  amount  in  terms  of  protec:ng  the  environment?   Note:  “No  opinion”  results  not  shown   Source:  Gallup  Poll,  March  6-­‐9,  2014  
  20. 20. AMERICANS  CONTINUE  TO  SEE  OBAMA  BETTER  ON   PROTECTING  THE  ENVIRONMENT  THAN  IMPROVING   ENERGY  POLICY   19   79%   52%   55%   56%   55%   51%   72%   43%   41%   43%   46%   42%   2009   2010   2011   2012   2013   2014   Do  you  think  Barak  Obama  is  doing  a  good  job  or  a  poor  job  in  handling  each  of  the  following   issues  as  president?  [%  good  job}   ProtecUng  the  naUon’s   environment     Improving  the  naUon’s   energy  policy   Source:  Gallup  Poll,  March  6-­‐9,  2014   Note:  No  opinion  results  not  shown.    
  21. 21. MORE  AMERICANS  THINK  DEMOCRATS  HAVE  BETTER   APPROACH  TO  ENVIRONMENTAL  POLICY   30%   15%   7%   16%   28%   0%   5%   10%   15%   20%   25%   30%   35%   40%   45%   50%   Democrats   Republicans   Independents   None   Don't  know   In  your  opinion,  which  poli:cal  party  has  a  bePer   plan,  policy  or  approach  to  the  environment?   Source:  Ipsos/  Reuters,  March  9-­‐18,  2014   Note:    “Other”  results  not  shown   20  
  22. 22. AMERICANS  FAVOR  GREEN  ENERGY  PROPOSALS     Favor   Oppose   Spending  more  government  money  on  developing  solar  and  wind  power   67%   32%   Spending  government  money  to  develop  alternate  sources  of  fuel  for  automobiles   66%   33%   SeNng  higher  emission  and  pollu:on  standards  for  business  and  industry   65%   35%   More  strongly  enforcing  federal  environmental  regula:ons   64%   34%   Imposing  mandatory  controls  on  carbon  dioxide  emissions/other  greenhouse   gasses   63%   35%   SeNng  higher  auto  emissions  standards  for  automobiles   62%   35%   Opening  up  land  owned  by  the  federal  government  for  oil  explora:on   58%   41%   SeNng  stricter  standards  on  the  use  of  techniques  to  extract  natural  gas  from  the   earth,  including  “fracking”   58%   37%   Expanding  the  use  of  nuclear  energy   47%   51%   21   I  am  going  to  read  some  specific  proposals.  For  each  one,  please  say  whether  you   generally  favor  or  oppose  it.  How  about…   Source:  Gallup  Poll,  March  6-­‐9,  2014  
  23. 23. Energy  Sources  
  24. 24. SOLAR,  WIND,  AND  GAS  ARE  MOST  COMMONLY  SEEN   AS  HAVING  BENEFITS  WHICH  OUTWEIGH  THEIR  RISKS   23   Benefits  outweigh  risks   Risks  outweigh  benefits   Not  at  all  sure   Solar   78%   7%   15%   Wind   76%   9%   15%   Natural  gas   68%   15%   17%   Geothermal   52%   8%   40%   Coal   41%   40%   19%   Nuclear   37%   40%   22%   Biomass   29%   9%   61%   There  are  many  sources  of  electric  power  used  in  the  U.S.  To  the  best  of  your  knowledge,  would  you   say  the  benefits  of  each  source  outweigh  the  risks  or  do  you  believe  the  risks  outweigh  the  benefits?   Source:  The  Harris  Poll,  February  12-­‐17,  2014  
  25. 25. A  MAJORITY  OF  AMERICANS  FAVORS  KEYSTONE  XL   PIPELINE   24   Do  you  favor  or  oppose  building  the  Keystone  XL  pipeline  that  would  transport  oil   from  Canada’s  oil  sands  region  through  the  Midwest  to  refineries  in  Texas?   Source:  Pew  Research  Center,  February  27  -­‐  March  16,  2014   Approve   61%   Disapprove   27%   DK/Ref   (vol.)   12%  
  26. 26. AMERICANS  SEE  MORE  JOB  CREATION  DUE  TO   PIPELINE  VERSUS  ENVIRONMENTAL  RISK   25   85%   47%   10%   44%   Create  a  significant  number  of  jobs   Pose  a  significant  risk  to  the  environment   Would   Would  not   Do  you  think  this  pipeline  would  or  would  not  [create  a  significant  number  of  jobs/ pose  a  significant  risk  to  the  environment]?   Source:  ABC  News/Washington  Post  Poll,  February  27  –  March  2,  2014  
  27. 27. KEYSTONE  XL  PIPELINE  DIVIDES  DEMOCRATS   38%   9%   29%   49%   84%   61%   Democrat   Republican   Independent   Oppose   Favor   26   Do  you  favor  or  oppose  building  the  Keystone  XL  pipeline  that  would  transport  oil   from  Canada’s  oil  sands  region  through  the  Midwest  to  refineries  in  Texas?   Source:  Pew  Research  Center,  February  27  -­‐  March  16,  2014   Oppose,   47%   Favor,   39%   Oppose,   34%   Favor,   53%   Non-­‐college  grad  Dem   College  grad  +  Dem  
  28. 28. A  MAJORITY  OF  AMERICANS  FAVOR  KEEPING  OIL  IN   AMERICA;  SPECIFICALLY,  TO  LOWER  GAS  PRICES   27   We  should  sell  it  to  other  countries  to  bolster  the  US  economy   13%   We  should  keep  it  for  American  Consumers  to  lower  US  gas  prices   77%   Don’t  know   11%   We  should  sell  it  to  other  countries  to  bolster  the  US  economy   16%   We  should  keep  it  for  American  consumers  so  that  the  US  never  has  to  rely  on   foreign  oil  sources   72%   Don’t  know   12%   We  should  sell  it  to  other  countries  to  bolster  the  US  economy   21%   We  should  keep  the  oil  we  are  producing  and  build  more  refineries  to  produce   more  gasoline   62%   Don’t  know   17%   The  US  Department  of  Energy  has  stated  that  by  the  year  2020,  the  US  will  be  the  world’s  larges  oil   producer.  What  do  you  think  that  the  United  States  should  do  with  all  the  oil  we  are  now  producing?   Source:  Ipsos/Reuters  Poll  March  15-­‐19,  2014  
  29. 29. MOST  SUPPORT  GOVERNMENT  RESTRICTIONS  ON   GASOLINE  EXPORTS  TO  PROTECT  U.S.  GAS  PRICES   28   76%   57%   18%   39%   11%   24%   71%   39%   13%   19%   12%   22%   The  US  government  should  restrict  gasoline   exports  to  protect  gas  prices  here  in  America   The  US  government  should  restrict  gasoline   exports   US  oil  producers  should  be  allowed  to  export   crude  oil  produced  in  the  United  States   overseas  to  other  countries  even  if  it  means   that  gas  prices  in  the  US  go  up   US  oil  producers  should  be  allowed  to  export   crude  oil  produced  in  the  United  States   overseas  to  other  countries   Agree   Disagree   Don't  know   At  the  moment,  crude  oil  exports  are  limited  so  that  American  companies  are  only  allowed  to  export   crude  oil  to  Canada,  and  no  other  countries.  Please  indicate  whether  you  agree  or  disagree  with  each   of  the  following  statements.   Source:  Ipsos/Reuters  Poll  March  15-­‐19,  2014  
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