Americans are giving higher priority to more energy exploration, rather than more conservation; concern about the environment fades as support for ANWR drilling rises.
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.
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.
Governors have few doubts that global warming is a looming threat, but have some major differences about how to address the problem.
Republicans' concerns about climate change have fallen through the floor. Just 12% now call it a top priority for policymakers.