Sixty-five percent (65%) of U.S. Voters feel finding new sources of energy is more important now than reducing the amount of energy Americans now consume. That’s the highest number measured since March of 2009.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 28% believe reducing energy consumption is more important.
It’s important to note, however, that the question does not specify what form these new sources of energy take. However, 59% of voters think investing in renewable energy sources like wind and solar is a better long-term investment for America than investing in fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal. Twenty-nine percent (29%) feel fossil fuels are the better long-term investment. There has been little change in these numbers since the first of the year.
Still, despite the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, 56% of voters think offshore oil drilling should be allowed, and a plurality (47%) favor deepwater drilling as well.
Forty percent (40%) of voters believe there is a conflict between economic growth and environmental protection, the lowest finding since early September. Thirty-two percent (32%) disagree, while 29% are not sure.
Most voters (57%) continue to regard global warming as a serious issue, but that number has trended down slightly since last November when the Climategate scandal broke, raising questions about the research and methodology of many pro-global warming scientists. Thirty-nine percent (39%) do not share the concern about global warming.
Forty-five percent (45%) say global warming is primarily caused by long-term planetary trends. Thirty-four percent (34%) feel human activity is the main contributor. Eight percent (8%) think some other reason is chiefly to blame. Voters have been shifting away for well over a year from the idea that human activity is the primary cause of global warming.