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Energy Update

Voters Less Confident in America's Shale Oil Reserves

Friday, November 14, 2014

Most voters continue to believe that development of shale oil reserves will likely end U.S. dependence on foreign oil, but they are not as convinced that the United States has enough reserves to become the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 88% of Likely U.S. Voters think it’s at least somewhat important for the United States to become less dependent on oil imports, with 61% who say it’s Very Important. Just eight percent (8%) say it's not very or Not At All Important for this country to become more energy independent. (To see survey question wording, click here).

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The national survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on November 12-13, 2014 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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