How Americans view the top energy and environmental issues
President Obama and the GOP-controlled Congress have sharp differences on environmental and energy issues. Here’s a look at where public opinion stands.
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Support for Global Engagement Declines
The public’s top long-term foreign policy goals are decidedly America-centric. Defending the country against terrorism, protecting U.S. jobs, and weaning the country from imported energy all draw extensive bipartisan support.
Gas Prices Pump Up Support for Drilling
Americans are giving higher priority to more energy exploration, rather than more conservation; concern about the environment fades as support for ANWR drilling rises.
Global Economic Gloom — China and India Notable Exceptions
Although views of the U.S. remain negative, and many now worry about the US economy’s impact on their nations, the U.S.’s favorable ratings have increased modestly since 2007 in 10 of 21 countries with comparative data. People around the world are following the U.S. election closely – and in most places surveyed, express greater confidence in Obama than in McCain.
An Increase in GOP Doubt About Global Warming Deepens Partisan Divide
The proportion of Americans who say that the earth is getting warmer has decreased modestly since January 2007, mostly because of a decline among Republicans.
Help from Hugo Chavez: Free Heating Oil for Needy U.S. Families
Close to 200,000 poor families in 15 cold-weather states can thank Venezuela’s controversial president for helping them heat their homes this winter.
Mixed Signals on Energy Policy
The public remains conflicted in its approach toward energy and the environment, but 55% favor more conservation and regulation compared with 35% who support expanded exploration. Fully 90% favor tighter auto fuel standards.
Govs’ Talks Target Clean Coal, Carbon Tax
Governors have few doubts that global warming is a looming threat, but have some major differences about how to address the problem.
Global Warming Falls Still Farther on Republicans’ Policy Agenda
Republicans’ concerns about climate change have fallen through the floor. Just 12% now call it a top priority for policymakers.