UT Energy Poll Wave 2, April 10, 2012

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Presentation slides from press conference on 4-10-12 announcing the results of Wave 2 of the University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, conducted by the Energy Management and Innovation Center. Poll conducted March 2012. Presenter: Dr. Wayne Hoyer, chair of the marketing department at McCombs School of Business.

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  • However, people still believe climate change is happening and human activity contributes
  • - Pie chart? This skews it towards thinking there should be more regulation, but really the other 3 combined suggest 52% of people think there is sufficient regulation
  • UT Energy Poll Wave 2, April 10, 2012

    1. 1. Wave 2Conducted March 2012
    2. 2. The Energy Poll Background • Questionnaire developed in 2010 •Collaborative effort with representatives from academia, polling companies, non-governmental organizations, energy producers and energy consumers • Inaugural launch was in Oct. 2011 in Washington D.C. Wave 2 • Online survey conducted March 5-16, 2012 • 2,371 respondents, weighted to reflect U.S. Census demographics General Topics • Energy prices and availability • Energy concerns • Satisfaction with government • Consumer behaviors and voting preferences Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 2
    3. 3. Wave 2 summary of findings • Importance of Energy to Consumers • Views on Domestic Energy Production • Environmental Focus • Satisfaction with Addressing Energy Issues • Hydraulic Fracturing Results Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 3
    4. 4. Wave 2 summary of findings • Importance of Energy to Consumers • Views on Domestic Energy Production • Environmental Focus • Satisfaction with Addressing Energy Issues • Hydraulic Fracturing Results Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 4
    5. 5. 65% of respondents think energy issues are importantNot Important: 9.1% Important: 65.4% Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 5
    6. 6. 18% think we are headed in the right direction Wrong Direction: 45% Right Direction: 18% Wrong Direction: 43.2% Right Direction: 13.7% Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 6
    7. 7. 27% expect things will improve Worse Off: 39.3% Better Off: 26.9% Worse Off: 41.3% Better Off: 22.5% Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 7
    8. 8. Cost of gasoline tops energy concerns % Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 8
    9. 9. Energy prices are high today % Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 9
    10. 10. Energy prices expected to increase % Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 10
    11. 11. Household spending on energy expected to increase Decrease: 3.7% Increase: 76% Decrease: 5.1% Increase: 69.1% Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 11
    12. 12. Wave 2 summary of findings • Importance of Energy to Consumers • Views on Domestic Energy Production • Environmental Focus • Satisfaction with Addressing Energy Issues • Hydraulic Fracturing Results Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 12
    13. 13. Energy issues influence voting behavior %If you were to vote in the next election in 2012, would you be more likely or less likely to vote for a presidential candidate whosupports each of the following? Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 13
    14. 14. Wave 2 summary of findings • Importance of Energy to Consumers • Views on Domestic Energy Production • Environmental Focus • Satisfaction with Addressing Energy Issues • Hydraulic Fracturing Results Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 14
    15. 15. Economic growth outweighs environmental protection Avoiding Harm to the Environment: 30.3% Economic Growth: 41.9% Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 15
    16. 16. Decline in willingness to pay to protect environment Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 16
    17. 17. Decline in self-reported environmentalists across political affiliation Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 17
    18. 18. Financial motivation is largest driver of environmental concern % Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 18
    19. 19. 65% of respondents believe global climate change is occurring Is occurring 65%Wave 2 Base: 2371All results based on weighted data Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 19
    20. 20. Factors contributing to climate change % Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 20
    21. 21. What might be causing these trends? • Continued concern over high energy prices, especially gasoline • Poor economy and focus on job creation • Political campaigns: energy/gasoline prices are hot topics • International events: Iran • Keystone pipeline/shale gas development Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 21
    22. 22. Wave 2 summary of findings • Importance of Energy to Consumers • Views on Domestic Energy Production • Environmental Focus • Satisfaction with Addressing Energy Issues • Hydraulic Fracturing Results Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 22
    23. 23. Room for improvement in address energy issues You / Your Household 47 9 Engineers and scientists 34 17 Your electric provider 29 26 Small US companies 28 19 Universities 27 23 President Barack Obama 27 50 Research institutes / think tanks 25 22 Renewable energy companies 25 24 Greenpeace 24 Satisfied % (Top 2 Box) 25 The Nature Conservancy 23 Dissatisfied % (Bot 2 Box) 21 Hydroelectric industry 21 16 Energy entrepreneurs 21 31 Coal industry 18 28 Nuclear energy industry 18 27 Your local government 17 43 The Sierra Club 16 21 Environmental Defense Fund 16 25 US Environmental Protection Agency 16 42 Energy investors 15 36 Natural Resources Defense Council 14 23 Large US companies 14 43 Oil and gas companies 13 55 US Department of Energy (e.g., EIA) 13 47 Your state government 13 48 The US Congress 5 68 Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 23
    24. 24. Government should do more to address energy needs Trying to Do Too Many Things: Should Do More: 56.9% 23.7% Trying to Do Too Many Things: Should Do More: 56.7% 25.2% Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 24
    25. 25. 41% expect improved choices within 5 years Reduce Choices: 20.6% Improve Choices: 41.3% Looking ahead over the next five years or so, how do you think U.S. energy policy will affect your choices for more affordable and clean energy? Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 25
    26. 26. Wave 2 summary of findings • Importance of Energy to Consumers • Views on Domestic Energy Production • Environmental Focus • Satisfaction with Addressing Energy Issues • Hydraulic Fracturing Results Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 26
    27. 27. Familiarity with hydraulic fracturingHow familiar are you with the term hydraulic fracturing (sometimes referred to as fracking)? NY WY PA OH CO KS OK TX LA U.S. Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 27
    28. 28. Hydraulic fracturing: support and oppositionBased on what you know or have heard, please indicate the degree to which you support or oppose the use ofhydraulic fracturing in the extraction of fossil fuels. NY WY PA OH CO KS OK TX LA U.S. * Results from 752 respondents who indicated familiarity with hydraulic fracturing Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 28
    29. 29. Need to require disclosure of hydraulic fracturing chemicalsHow important is it to you that regulations be put in place to require companies to disclose thespecific chemicals used in their hydraulic fracturing fluids? NY WY PA OH CO KS OK TX LA U.S. * Results from 752 respondents who indicated familiarity with hydraulic fracturing Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 29
    30. 30. Attitudes towards hydraulic fracturing regulation % Sufficient: 52% * Results from 752 respondents who indicated familiarity with hydraulic fracturing Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 30
    31. 31. Wave 2 Conducted March 2012Source: University of Texas at Austin Energy Poll, March 2012 Page 31

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