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Energy Update

63% Say Renewable Energy is A Better Long-Term Investment for America Than Fossil Fuels

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 63% of Likely U.S. Voters say renewable energy is a better long-term investment than fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal.  Twenty-seven percent (27%) feel that investing in fossil fuels is a better decision.  Eleven percent (11%) of voters are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

This is the highest level of support for renewable energy since August, though voters have consistently favored it over fossil fuels since Rasmussen Reports began surveying this question in late January .

Similarly, 59% of voters think finding new sources of energy is more important than reducing the amount of energy Americans now consume. This is unchanged from last month, which was the lowest finding since March. Thirty-three percent (33%) feel the opposite is true. It's important to note that the question does not specify what form these new sources of energy take.

A plurality (44%) say there is a conflict between economic growth and environmental protection. Twenty-nine percent (29%) disagree, and 26% are not sure.

Voters continue to see global warming as a problem. Sixty-one percent (61%) say global warming is at least a somewhat serious problem, with 34% who say it is a Very Serious problem.  These findings have steadily dropped since last November when the so-called ‘Climategate’ scandal broke.  Thirty-four percent (34%) do not consider climate change a serious problem, including 13% who say it is Not At All Serious.

Thirty-eight percent (38%) of voters think global warming is caused by human activity, while 45% say it’s caused by long-term planetary trends. Just seven percent (7%) think there is some other cause for global warming, while 10% are not sure.

A higher percentage of voters have consistently blamed global warming on planetary trends rather than human activity since early February 2009.

Fifty percent (50%) of voters say the president believes global warming is caused primarily by human activity, while 17% say he believes climate change is caused by long-term planetary trends.  These findings have remained fairly consistent since early February of last year.

But consistent with their own views, seven percent (7%) say Obama believes there is some other cause. Twenty-seven percent (27%) are not sure what the president thinks causes global warming.

Only 38% give President Obama good or excellent ratings on his handling of energy issues.  Slightly more (39%) give him a poor rating on these issues.

Looking at the future, most voters think investing in renewable energy sources, like wind and solar, is a better long-term investment for America than investing in fossil fuels.

Rasmussen Reports is an electronic media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion polling information.  We poll on a variety of topics in the fields of politics, business and lifestyle, updating our site’s content on a news cycle throughout the day, everyday.

Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade. To learn more about our methodology, click here.

The survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on November 11-12, 2010 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

 

Global Warming is Primarily Caused By...

Date

Human activity

Planetary Trends

Other Reason

November 2010

38%

45%

7%

October 2010

39%

42%

7%

August 2010

40%

45%

7%

July 2010

34%

45%

8%

May 2010

40%

44%

5%

Apr 2010

33%

48%

11%

Mar 2010

33%

48%

8%

Feb 2010

35%

47%

8%

Jan 2010

37%

50%

5%

Dec 09

34%

50%

6%

Nov 09

37%

47%

5%

Oct 09

38%

46%

3%

Sep 09

42%

47%

5%

Jul 09

39%

47%

6%

Jun 09

42%

40%

10%

May 09

39%

44%

7%

Apr 09

34%

48%

7%

Mar 09

41%

43%

7%

Feb 09

38%

45%

7%

Jan 09

44%

41%

7%

Dec 08

43%

43%

6%

Apr 08

47%

34%

8%

 

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©2010 Rasmussen Reports, LLC

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