Polls on global warming, energy, and the sequester
AEI Political Report, April 2013

Protest by Mariusz S. Jurgielewicz / Shutterstock.com

AEI Political Report, April 2013 PDF

Download PDF
The latest issue of AEI’s monthly newsletter on public opinion, AEI Political Report, examines the attitudes toward global warming, how Americans feel about the production and transportation of energy, the fallout of the sequester, changing attitudes about taxes, and the situation in North Korea. Some highlights:

* Solid majorities of Americans believe climate change is real, and 54 percent say its effects have already begun. But 64 percent do not believe it will pose a serious threat to them in their lifetimes. Acting to prevent climate change is a low priority for the public. 

* Americans want to emphasize developing alternative sources of energy over expanding production of traditional sources. Natural gas is an exception. In a recent Gallup poll, 65 percent said more emphasis should be placed on producing energy from natural gas.

* Americans continue to favor building the Keystone XL pipeline and expanding offshore drilling. In Pew’s latest polling, 48 percent favored using fracking technology, and 38 percent were opposed.

* In an early April Gallup poll, 49 percent said they didn’t know enough about the sequester to say whether its effect on the economy would be positive or negative, and 57 percent felt that way about its effect on their personal financial situation.

* Today, people are divided about whether their federal income taxes are too high or about right. Only 2 percent think they are too low.

* More than two-thirds of Americans say taxes are hurting their finances, and 6 in 10 registered voters say their families’ paychecks are smaller this year because more taxes are being taken out.

* In recent surveys, the public views the current North Korean threats as serious and real, with Americans more willing to commit troops should they be needed.

 

Polls on global warming, energy, and the sequester: AEI Political Report April 2013

Also Visit
AEIdeas Blog The American Magazine
About the Author

 

Karlyn
Bowman

 

Andrew
Rugg

 

Jennifer K.
Marsico

What's new on AEI

Holder will regret his refusal to obey the Constitution
image 'Flood Wall Street' climate protesters take aim at their corporate allies
image 3 opportunities for better US-India defense ties
image Is Nicolás Maduro Latin America's new man at the United Nations?
AEI on Facebook
Events Calendar
  • 29
    MON
  • 30
    TUE
  • 01
    WED
  • 02
    THU
  • 03
    FRI
Thursday, October 02, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Campbell Brown talks teacher tenure

We welcome you to join us as Brown shares her perspective on the role of the courts in seeking educational justice and advocating for continued reform.

Event Registration is Closed
Friday, October 03, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Harnessing the power of markets to tackle global poverty: A conversation with Jacqueline Novogratz

AEI welcomes you to this Philanthropic Freedom Project event, in which Novogratz will describe her work investing in early-stage enterprises, what she has learned at the helm of Acumen, and the role entrepreneurship can play in the fight against global poverty.

No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled today.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.