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Gallup: Americans Want More Energy from Solar, Wind, Natural Gas

April 1, 2013 By Linda Hardesty

A Gallup poll conducted in March found 76 percent of Americans want more domestic energy from solar power, followed by wind (71 percent) and natural gas (65 percent).

Only 46 percent of survey respondents want to emphasize the production of oil and 37 percent want more nuclear power, while coal is least popular with 31 percent of Americans wanting to prioritize its production, according to an article on Gallup’s website.

Gallup’s results are based on telephone interviews conducted March 7-10, 2013, with a random sample of 1,022 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia.

Although Republicans and those living in the South are slightly more supportive of oil and coal than Democrats and those living in other regions, still, Americans in every region strongly supported solar (at 74 percent or higher in every region, including the South.)

A telephone poll conducted in December 2012 by ORC International for the nonprofit Civil Society Institute (CSI) and Environmental Working Group (EWG) found Americans are not opposed to more domestic energy production via natural gas, but they are unwilling to achieve it by sacrificing clean water, increased energy efficiency, and expanded wind and solar power in the process.


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