Americans want energy focus on renewables, not oil, poll finds

A new Gallup survey shows that Americans want the government to focus more on tapping sources of clean or renewable energy.

Some 76 percent of those surveyed say the U.S. should put more emphasis on producing domestic energy using solar power, 71 percent want more emphasis on wind power and 65 percent want more emphasis on natural gas.

On the flip side of the spectrum, only 46 percent want emphasis put on the production of oil and 37 percent want a focus on nuclear power. Only 31 percent want coal to be made a priority in domestic energy production, the poll found.

The poll conducted March 7-10 was based on random telephone interviews of 1,022 adults 18 or over living in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Where the survey  participants live and the political affiliation they identify with were factors.

Gallup says Democrats’ and independents’ top choice was solar power, while natural gas placed first among Republicans. Republicans surveyed were also much more supportive than Democrats of coal and nuclear power.

Those surveyed who live in the South tended to be more supportive of traditional energy sources such as oil and coal than those people surveyed who live  in other regions.

The poll’s margin of error was ±4 percentage points.
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