U.S. Politics Jun. 14, 2010

Fueling Both Sides of the Energy Debate

Americans want expanded exploration and development of coal, oil and gas in the U.S. but also want limits on carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. Michele Obama’s favorability stays strong but the president’s and Sarah Palin’s popularity slip.

U.S. Politics May. 18, 2010

Public’s Priorities for Congress: Jobs and Energy Top Immigration

Congress’s ratings are abysmal; Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan draws mixed ratings but half have no opinion.

U.S. Politics May. 11, 2010

Oil Spill Seen As Ecological Disaster

Americans are critical of the government’s response to the environmental disaster in the Gulf, but even more so of BP. Support for offshore oil drilling is down, though Republican opinion is unchanged.

U.S. Politics Mar. 2, 2010

Support for Alternative Energy and Offshore Drilling

Americans strongly favor increased funding for research on wind, solar and hydrogen technology and more spending on mass transit, but majorities also support offshore drilling and nuclear power. Half have heard nothing at all about “cap and trade.”

Global Dec. 2, 2009

Global Warming Seen as a Major Problem Around the World

As leaders convene in Copenhagen to discuss climate change, they will address a concern shared around the globe. Publics are willing to sacrifice economic growth for the environment, but nations are split on which country should lead on global warming.

U.S. Politics Oct. 27, 2009

Searching For Clues in the Global Warming Puzzle

Why do fewer Americans believe the earth is warming? A range of possibilities, including a sour economy and, perhaps, a cooler than normal summer in parts of the U.S., may provide an explanation.

U.S. Politics Oct. 22, 2009

Fewer Americans See Solid Evidence of Global Warming

There has been a sharp decline in the percentage of Americans who say there is solid evidence that global temperatures are rising. Still, there is more support than opposition for cap and trade policy.

Global Jul. 23, 2009

Confidence in Obama Lifts U.S. Image Around the World

In many countries opinions of the United States are now about as positive as they were at the beginning of the decade before George W. Bush took office. Improvements in the U.S. image have been most pronounced in Western Europe, where favorable ratings for both the nation and the American people have soared. But opinions of America have also become more positive in key countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia, as well. Signs of improvement in views of America are seen even in some predominantly Muslim countries.

Religion Apr. 16, 2009

Faith in Global Warming

The unaffiliated (58%) are the most likely to say there is solid evidence the earth is warming because of human activity while white evangelical Protestants (34%) are the least likely to believe in man-made global warming.

U.S. Politics Mar. 25, 2009

Americans Favor Carbon Cap, Gays in the Military and Renewing U.S.-Cuba Ties

New polling finds public favors setting limits on carbon emissions, allowing gays to serve openly in the military and re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba.