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61% Say Finding New Energy Sources More Important Than Conservation

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Sixty-one percent (61%) 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 a slight drop from last month but consistent with findings since the beginning of 2009. 

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 31% 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, 65% 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-four percent (24%) feel fossil fuels are the better long-term investment. There has been little change in these numbers since the first of the year.

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The survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on August 25-26, 2010 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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