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Support for Renewable Energy Resources Reaches Highest Level Yet

The number of voters who say investing in renewable energy resources is the best investment for America has reached its highest level since the beginning of 2010.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds that 66% say renewable energy resources like solar and wind are the best long-term investment for America. Twenty-three percent (23%) say fossil fuels like coal, gas and oil are the better investment, while 11% are not sure which is best for America. (To see survey question wording, click here.) 

Last month, 62% supported renewable energy, and 27% said fossil fuels were best. Since polling on the question began in January 2010, those who say renewable energy resources are the better investment has ranged from 55% to 65%. 

A majority of voters (58%) also continue to believe that finding new sources of energy is more important than reducing the amount of energy Americans now consume. Thirty-five percent (35%) feel reducing energy use is more important.

This, too, has held relatively steady since polling on the question began in early 2009.

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The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters U.S. Voters was conducted on January 9-10, 2011 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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