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56% Say Gov Investing in Alternative Energy May End Foreign Oil Dependence

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Most voters think it's possible for the United States to achieve energy independence through shale oil development and government-funded programs to promote alternative energy sources. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 58% of Likely U.S. Voters now believe it is at least somewhat likely that the development of domestic shale oil reserves would end U.S. dependence on foreign oil. Twenty-three percent (23%) consider that unlikely. This includes 28% who think it’s Very Likely and just four percent (4%) who think it’s Not At All Likely. One-in-five (20%), though, are not sure. This has changed little since March of last year. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 10-11, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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