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Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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(Thinking about where the political parties stand on important issues, please tell me whether you think the Republican Party or the Democratic Party is generally more supportive of each of the following.) Which party is generally more supportive of...allowing drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Knowledge Survey, [Mar, 2012]




Do you approve or disapprove of oil exploration and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska?
TIPP/Investor's Business Daily Poll, [Mar, 2012]




Do you think the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska should or should not be opened up for oil exploration?
Note: Asked of Form A half sample
Gallup Poll, [Mar, 2011]



Energy Conservation

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Which of the following approaches to solving the nation's energy problems do you think the US should follow right now--emphasize production of more oil, gas and coal supplies or emphasize more conservation by consumers of existing energy supplies?
Note: Asked of Form A half sample
Gallup Poll, [Mar, 2013]




(Some people have discussed a number of climate policies as possible responses to climate change. Many of these policies aim to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases said to cause climate change. Carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas and is emitted from power plants, factories, cars, trucks, and other sources that burn fossil fuels, e.g. coal, oil, and natural gas. Please indicate whether you would support or oppose each of the following, even if the cost of the policy will increase the price of energy for consumers....Strongly support, somewhat support, neither support nor oppose, somewhat oppose, strongly oppose)...Increasing taxes on all fossil fuels, gasoline, coal, and natural gas, to encourage conservation and use of alternative energy sources.
Duke University Climate Change Survey, [Jan, 2013]




(Some people have discussed a number of climate policies as possible responses to climate change. Many of these policies aim to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases said to cause climate change. Carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas and is emitted from power plants, factories, cars, trucks, and other sources that burn fossil fuels, e.g. coal, oil, and natural gas. Please indicate whether you would support or oppose each of the following, even if the cost of the policy will increase the price of energy for consumers....Strongly support, somewhat support, neither support nor oppose, somewhat oppose, strongly oppose)...Increasing taxes on all fossil fuels, gasoline, coal, and natural gas, to encourage conservation and use of alternative energy sources, but providing each person with a $500 energy rebate on their tax return.
Duke University Climate Change Survey, [Jan, 2013]



Development of New Energy Sources

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Energy sources--such as natural gas, coal, tar sands, and nuclear power--require large amounts of water, which compete with other industries such as agriculture, and have raised concerns about resulting contamination of drinking water sources and the overall depletion of scarce water resources. Which of the following statements best expresses your view about where America should focus its energy production in the future? Would you say water shortages and the availability of clean drinking water are real concerns. America should put the emphasis on first developing new energy sources that require less water and result in lower water pollution, or America should proceed first with developing energy sources even if they may have water pollution and water shortage downsides?
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76     Water shortages and the availability of clean drinking water are real concerns. America should put the emphasis on first developing new energy sources that require less water and result in lower water pollution
20     America should proceed first with developing energy sources even if they may have water pollution and water shortage downsides
4     Don't know/Not sure
Civil Society Institute/Environmental Working Group Energy, Water and Clean Air Survey, [Dec, 2012]




I would like to read you a pair of statements about energy policy and have you tell me which one you agree with more....Congressman A says President (Barack) Obama's energy policies have been good for the country. He has increased domestic oil production, while steering the country toward greater reliance on renewable sources of energy like solar and wind to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Congressman B says President Obama's energy policies have been bad for the country. They have caused gasoline prices to double since he became President, he blocked the Keystone pipeline, and he supported new regulations that make it more difficult and expensive to produce domestic energy like oil, natural gas, and clean coal.
Sample: National likely voters including an oversample of battleground state voters
Resurgent Republic Survey, [Aug, 2012]




Energy sources--such as natural gas, coal, tar sands, and nuclear power--require large amounts of water, which compete with other industries such as agriculture, and have raised concerns about resulting contamination of drinking water sources and the overall depletion of scarce water resources. Which of the following statements best expresses your view about where America should focus its energy production in the future? Would you say water shortages and the availability of clean drinking water are real concerns, America should put the emphasis on first developing new energy sources that require less water and result in lower water pollution, or America should proceed first with developing energy sources even if they may have water pollution and water shortage downsides?
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73     Water shortages and the availability of clean drinking water are real concerns, America should put the emphasis on first developing new energy sources that require less water and result in lower water pollution
22     America should proceed first with developing energy sources even if they may have water pollution and water shortage downsides
6     Don't know/Not sure
Civil Society Institute Drought, Water and Energy Survey, [Jul, 2012]



Energy and the Environment

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(Now I'm going to read you some things that some people might say about Democrats in Congress. After I read each statement, please tell me whether this raises very serious doubts, serious doubts, minor doubts, or no real doubts in your own mind about Democrats in Congress.)...Democrats in Congress repeatedly voted for an anti-business, job killing agenda. Obamacare is filled with new red tape, mandates and higher costs on small businesses, and a new energy tax and environmental regulations would drive up costs for manufacturers.
Sample: National likely voters
Note: Asked of those in Republican districts
Democracy Corps Poll, [Oct, 2013]




The President (Barack Obama) is deciding whether to build the Keystone X-L Pipeline to carry oil from Canada to the United States. Supporters of the pipeline say it will ease America's dependence on Mideast oil and create jobs. Opponents fear the environmental impact of building a pipeline. What about you--do you support or oppose building the Keystone X-L pipeline?
United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, [Jul, 2013]




(Now I am going to read you some things being proposed by Democrats to deal with the financial pressures facing working people and to do something about the insecurities facing families. After each item, please tell me whether you would favor or oppose that policy.)...Invest in wind, solar, and green energy technology to improve our environmental future and make the country less dependent on foreign oil...(Would that be strongly favor/oppose or somewhat favor/oppose?)
Sample: National voters
Note: Asked of Form E 1/3 sample
Democracy Corps/Women's Voices. Women Vote Poll, [Jul, 2013]



California Energy Crisis

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(Now, on a different subject. Let me read you a series of statements about the Bush administration and the environment. For each statement, please tell me whether it raises very serious doubts, serious doubts, minor doubts or no real doubts in your own mind about George W. Bush and the Republicans.)...During the energy crisis in California, the Bush administration refused to intervene to prevent price gouging by energy companies. As a result, Enron made hundreds of millions of dollars. Does that raise very serious doubts, serious doubts, minor doubts or no real doubts in your own mind about George W. Bush and the Republicans?
Sample: National registered likely voters (see note)
Note: Asked of Form B half sample
Democracy Corps Survey, [Apr, 2002]




(Now I'm going to read you a list of things reported to have happened in the Enron situation. As I read each one, please tell me whether it makes you very angry, angry, a little angry, or not at all angry?)... During last year's (2001) electricity crisis in California, Enron used its access to the White House to block government action that would have prevented blackouts and sky-rocketing utility rates. Enron made hundreds of millions of dollars as a result of White House policy.
Sample: National registered likely voters (see note)
Note: Asked of Form B half sample
Democracy Corps Survey, [Jan, 2002]




Should the federal government help California with its energy problems, or are these state problems that the federal government should stay out of?
CBS News/New York Times Poll, [Jun, 2001]



OPEC and Oil Imports

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Now I would like to read you several pairs of statements that might be made by policymakers about energy, and have you tell me, for each pair, which one you agree with more....Statement A: Congressman A says the federal government should subsidize promising forms of alternative energy like solar, wind, and electric cars. Becoming less dependent on foreign oil is so important that we need to help alternatives get off the ground. Statement B: Congressman B says that the federal government should not pick winners and losers in our energy future. We should eliminate all government subsidies and let consumers decide which energy sources are most cost effective....(If Statement A/B, ask:) Do you strongly agree with that statement or somewhat agree with that statement?
Sample: National registered voters
Resurgent Republic Survey, [Apr, 2011]




(Now I would like to read you several pairs of statements that might be made by policymakers about energy, and have you tell me, for each pair, which one you agree with more.)...Statement A: Congressman A says we should assist countries like Brazil with technology and support to safely develop oil reserves. By coming one of Brazil's best customers, we will develop a strategic energy partnership and increase secure energy supplies coming into the United States instead of depending on oil from the Middle East. Statement B: Congressman B says we should not send taxpayer dollars to Brazil so they can increase offshore drilling while there is a moratorium on offshore drilling in this country. Instead of becoming more dependent on foreign oil, the United States should develop our own energy supplies and create good paying jobs at home....(If Statement A/B, ask:) Do you strongly agree with that statement or somewhat agree with that statement?
Sample: National registered voters
Resurgent Republic Survey, [Apr, 2011]




(Please tell me if you think the following statements are true or false.)...If we would just drill offshore and in Alaska, we wouldn't need to import foreign oil.
Energy Learning Curve Survey, [Jan, 2009]



Blame for Energy Costs

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Who or what do you think is most to blame for rising gasoline prices?
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19     Domestic oil producers/Big oil companies
15     The president/Obama administration
9     The federal government
8     OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries)/Middle East
7     Wall Street/Speculators
6     Free market/supply and demand
4     Environmentalists/Regulations/People who block drilling
4     War/civil unrest in oil producing countries
4     George W. Bush/Right wing/Republicans
3     Greed
2     Consumers/Inefficient cars/SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) drivers/excessive driving
2     Congress
6     Combination/All
3     Other-record verbatim
9     Don't know
Sample: National registered voters
Fox News Poll, [Apr, 2012]




Who do you blame for the recent rise in oil and gasoline prices--other oil-producing countries, US (United States) oil companies, or the Obama administration?
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25     Other oil-producing countries
28     US oil companies
21     Obama administration
4     None (Vol.)
5     Other (Vol.)
13     All equal (Vol.)
4     No opinion
ABC News/Washington Post Poll, [Apr, 2012]




Gas prices have been rising in recent weeks because of tensions with Iran and concerns that Middle East supplies could be disrupted. Which of the following do you think is more to blame for price hikes--the Obama administration's energy policies or the oil companies and Middle East nations who are taking advantage of the situation to make more money?
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23     The Obama administration's energy policies
66     The oil companies and Middle East nations who are taking advantage of the situation to make more money
11     Not sure
Bloomberg Poll, [Mar, 2012]



Price Controls

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As you may know, President (Barack) Obama recently proposed regulations that would reduce emissions from power plants. Supporters say these regulations are necessary to reduce the risk of global climate change. Opponents say these regulations aren't worthwhile and could increase electricity prices. Do you believe Congress should vote to stop these new regulations, or not?
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46     Yes, should vote to stop these new regulations
42     No, should not vote to stop these new regulations
12     Don't know/Refused
United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll, [Jul, 2013]




Now let me read you two more statements some people on both sides of the issue might make. Some/other people say: Pollution from cars has a devastating effect on the health of families and children, worsening asthma, bronchitis and emphysema and even causing cancer. This proposal is the most effective smog-fighting tool available--it would be the equivalent of taking 33 million cars off the road immediately, and would prevent tens of thousands of asthma attacks and save thousands of lives every year. The proposal is supported by automakers, and independent economists say cleaner gas would cost less than a penny per gallon. American families would miss fewer days at work and would save billions of dollars in lower health care costs by keeping people healthier in the first place. Some/other people say: This proposal would cost American families thousands of dollars. Economists predict that it would increase the cost of gas by up to 9 cents per gallon. It would be a hidden energy tax that drives energy prices up, raising costs for every American business. And they would pass the costs on to the rest of us, meaning higher prices for utilities, groceries, and everything we buy. Thanks to regulations we already have, cars today are already 90 percent cleaner than they were a couple of decades ago. The huge costs of this proposal just aren't worth the marginal benefits it would produce. Now that you've heard more about this issue let me ask you again, do you favor or oppose this proposal to set stricter standards on gasoline and tighten limits on tailpipe emissions from new vehicles? (If Favor/Oppose, ask:) (Is that strongly or somewhat favor/oppose?)
Sample: National registered voters
American Lung Association Gasoline and Vehicle Standards Survey, [Jan, 2013]




A process known as 'hydraulic fracturing' or 'fracking' involves injecting liquids into the ground. It has resulted in a significant increase in production of natural gas, accompanied by a steep drop in its price. Critics have said it is linked to tainted water supplies and earthquakes. Based just on what you know, do you think there needs to be more regulation or less regulation of fracking?
Bloomberg Poll, [Sep, 2012]



Energy Costs and Financial Hardship

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Have recent price increases in gasoline caused any financial hardship for you or others in your household, or not? (If Yes, ask:) Has that been a serious hardship, or not serious?
CBS News/New York Times Poll, [May, 2012]




Have recent price increases in gasoline caused any financial hardship for you or others in your household, or not? (If Yes, ask:) Has that been a serious hardship, or not serious?
CBS News/New York Times Poll, [Apr, 2012]




Have recent price increases in gasoline caused any financial hardship for you or others in your household, or not? (If Yes, ask:) Has that been a serious hardship, or not serious?
ABC News/Washington Post Poll, [Apr, 2012]



From the Archives


(Some steps we could take to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources also have some harmful effects on the environment. For each of the following, please tell me whether you think this action would or would not be worth it to reduce our dependence on foreign energy sources.)... (Rotate) Delay new restrictions on the amount of pollution that can be given off by coal-burning power plants
Sample: National registered voters
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, [Jul, 1991]




Would you favor or oppose placing a new waste-to-energy plant in your community?
Cambridge Reports National Omnibus Survey, [Jul, 1989]




(Now, I am going to read you some reasons why people might favor establishing a broad-based energy tax. On a scale from 1 to 7, where 1 means has no effect on my opinion and 7 means makes me much more inclined to favor establishing a broad-based energy tax, please tell me how each statement affects your opinion of the proposal to establish a broad-based energy tax. The more inclined a statement makes you to favor establishing a broad-based energy tax, the higher the number you would give.)...It would require every American who uses energy to pay their fair share in helping solve our country's economic problems.
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14     1--Has no effect on opinion
4     2
6     3
8     4
17     5
14     6
35     7--Much more inclined to favor
3     Don't know
Cambridge Reports National Omnibus Survey, [Mar, 1993]




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