Poll Shows Public’s Choices on Oil Alternatives

Below is a press release poll from Moore Information on energy options. Please read entire poll here:

“As you may know, the United States depends on foreign countries for oil. In your opinion, which one of the following is the best way to reduce our reliance on foreign oil?”

Develop alternative energy sources like ethanol/biodiesel 44%
Allow more drilling for oil & gas in the U.S., Alaska and off the coasts 25%
Increase conservation and recycling 11%
Build more nuclear power plants 7%
Build more natural gas plants 3%
Build more coal-fired plants 2%
All 4%
Don’t know/none 2%
Other 1%

With global warming and fluctuating oil prices taking center stage these days, our dependence on foreign oil has become a larger concern among the electorate nationwide. In our recent national survey, we explored voter attitudes toward reducing our dependency on foreign oil. We used a split sample methodology, in which our sample of 800 voters nationwide was split into two equally representative samples of 400 voters.

One sample was asked to choose which of six general approaches they believed would be most effective in reducing U.S. reliance on foreign oil and the other group was asked more specific ways to address the problem. Perhaps, not surprisingly, when we ask the general question the leading response is “development of alternative energy sources like ethanol and biodiesel.” In fact, more than four-in-ten voters nationwide (44%) believe this is the best way to reduce our dependency. The next most popular approach is to “allow more drilling for oil and gas in the U.S., Alaska and off the coasts” (25%). Four other potential approaches failed to generate much enthusiasm, including “increasing conservation and recycling” (11%), “building more nuclear power plants” (7%), “building more natural gas plants” (3%) and “building more coal-fired plants” (2%).

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  • Devietro

    Well this certainly shows that Al Gores model of alternative energy to fix everything does not have the public support. Personally I say we need a mix of all of them, we certainly need some sort of alternative energy but we also need to look at opening up other oil pockets.

  • Steve Plunk

    Devietro is absolutely right. It would be best to work all options to improve our energy situation. Make no mistake, Al Gore is trying to change the way we live to serve his quasi-religion of environmentalism.

    The problem with polls such as this is the average respondent doesn’t understand world oil markets or the idea proven reserves are going up every day. Using the knowledge gained from the nightly newscast most Americans have just enough information to muddy up the issue. Ethanol and bio-diesel are just now being scrutinized and are coming up short as realistic solutions yet these rank number one.

    While it may be a noble idea to free ourselves from foreign oil it is impossible unless we want to severely damage our economy. Extracting the oil from places where it’s easily pumped (like Saudi Arabia) makes sense. The economic ties because of this arrangement gives us a good amount of leverage as well. It’s not always a one way street of producer controlling the user.

  • Jerry

    Algore is a goof!

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