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Polls listed chronologically. Data are from nationwide surveys of Americans 18 & older.

 
 

Associated Press/Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. June 5-7, 2006. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

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"And when it comes to gas prices do you approve or disapprove or have mixed feelings about the way George W. Bush is handling that issue?"

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Approve Disapprove Mixed Unsure
% % % %
6/5-7/06 24 72 2 2
5/1-3/06 23 74 2 1
11/7-9/05 29 69 2 1
10/3-5/05 28 67 3 1

9/16-18/05

30 67 2 2
9/6-8/05 27 70 2 1

 

Quinnipiac University Poll. May 23-30, 2006. N=1,534 registered voters nationwide. MoE 2.5.

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"How much do you blame [see below] for the recent increase in gasoline prices: a great deal, some, not much, or not at all?"

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A Great Deal Some Not Much Not at All Unsure
% % % % %

"Oil companies"

   5/23-30/06

63 27 5 4 1

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"Oil producing countries"

   5/23-30/06

43 39 10 5 3

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"President Bush"

   5/23-30/06

35 29 16 19 1

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"Normal supply and demand pressures"

   5/23-30/06

30 39 17 11 3

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"Americans who drive vehicles that use a lot of gasoline"

   5/23-30/06

19 33 20 26 2

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"Regardless of how you usually vote, do you think the Republican Party or the Democratic Party would do a better job handling gasoline prices?"

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Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

5/23-30/06

25 46 1 16 12

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. May 11-15, 2006. N=1,103 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling the situation with gasoline prices?" Half sample

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Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %

5/11-15/06

20 76 4
4/6-9/06 23 74 3

10/30 - 11/2/05

26 68 5

9/8-11/05

25 72 3

8/25-28/05

22 73 6

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"Which political party -- the Democrats or the Republicans -- do you trust to do a better job handling gasoline prices?" Options rotated. Half sample.

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Democrats Republicans Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
  % % % % %

5/11-15/06

54 23 1 17 2

10/30 - 11/2/05

47 26 2 21 5

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"Do you think there's anything the Bush Administration reasonably can do to reduce gasoline prices, or do you think gas prices have risen because of factors beyond the Administration's control?"

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Can Do
Something
Beyond
Their Control
Unsure
% % %

5/11-15/06

62 35 3

8/25-28/05

60 36 4

 

Pew Research Center survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. May 2-14, 2006. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE 3.5.

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"Who do you think is most to blame for rising gasoline prices?" Open-ended. Up to two responses accepted.

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%
Oil companies/Big oil/Domestic oil producers 31
President Bush/Administration 25
OPEC/Middle East countries/Foreign oil producers 10
Consumers/Public/SUVs/Gas guzzlers/Inefficient vehicles 5
The government (general) 4
Congress 3
Supply and demand/The market/Inflation 3
The war in Iraq 2
China/India/Rising global demand 2
Other 10
Unsure 14

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"Which comes closer to your view? The President and Congress should take steps to deal with gas prices. There's not much the President and Congress can do about gas prices." Options rotated

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Should
Take Steps
Not Much
They Can Do
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
5/2-14/06 75 19 1 2 3

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"Which should be a higher priority for the President and Congress now? Controlling rising gasoline prices and dealing with CURRENT energy shortages. OR, Trying to find new energy supplies that will deal with our LONG TERM problems?" Options rotated

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Current Long Term Equally
Important (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
5/2-14/06 24 61 12 3

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. May 11-12, 2006. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Please tell me whether you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling certain aspects of his job. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling gas prices?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %
5/11-12/06 17 76 7

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. May 4-8, 2006. N=1,241 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Is the price of gasoline something Congress can do a lot about, or is that beyond Congress' control?"

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Can Do a Lot Beyond
Control
Unsure
% % %

5/4-8/06

66 26 9

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"Regardless of how you usually vote, do you think oil companies have more influence on the Republican Party or the Democratic Party?"

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Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

5/4-8/06

66 9 8 2 15

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"Regardless of how you usually vote, do you think the Republican Party or the Democratic Party is more likely to see to it that gasoline prices are low?"

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Republican
Party
Democratic
Party
Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %

5/4-8/06

11 57 3 14 15
4/28-30/06 20 47 2 12 19

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"Do you think members of the Bush Administration have a clear plan for keeping down the price of gasoline or haven't they developed one yet?"

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Have Plan No Plan Yet Unsure
% % %

5/4-8/06

4 89 7
4/28-30/06 8 82 10
9/9-13/05 12 81 7

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"In the next few months, do you expect that the price of gasoline will go up, stay the same, or go down?"

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Go Up Stay the Same Go Down Unsure
% % % %

5/4-8/06

76 12 10 2
10/3-5/05 61 21 15 3
9/9-13/05 43 29 25 3
8/29-31/05 78 6 12 4

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"As a result of the recent increase in gas prices, have you cut down on the amount of driving you do?"

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Yes No Unsure
% % %

5/4-8/06

63 36 1
10/3-5/05 64 33 3
8/29-31/05 70 29 1

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"As a result of the recent increase in gas prices, have you cut back on household spending on other things?"

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Yes No
% %

5/4-8/06

56 44
9/9-13/05 62 38
8/29-31/05 47 53

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"Do you expect to change your vacation plans this summer because of the cost of gasoline?"

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Yes No Unsure
% % %

5/4-8/06

49 49 2
4/05 34 63 3
5/04 29 69 2

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"How much of the blame for the increase in gas prices do you put on the war in Iraq: a great deal, some, not much, or none at all?"

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A Great Deal Some Not Much None at All Unsure
% % % % %

5/4-8/06

34 35 17 13 1

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"How much of the blame for the increase in gas prices do you put on oil companies trying to increase their profits by raising prices: a great deal, some, not much, or none at all?"

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A Great Deal Some Not Much None at All Unsure
% % % % %

5/4-8/06

71 21 5 4 0
4/28-30/06 64 24 6 4 2

 

CNN Poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. May 5-7, 2006. N=1,021 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Which of the following statements comes closer to your views about the reasons for the recent price increase in gasoline? It is MOSTLY due to unethical behavior by people involved in the production and distribution of gasoline. Or, It is MOSTLY due to a decrease in the supply of oil and an increase in demand for it."

.

Unethical
Behavior
Supply and
Demand
Neither (vol.) Unsure  
% % % %  

5/5-7/06

61 26 7 6  

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"What do you think will happen to gas prices in the U.S. over the next six months: they will continue to rise, they will stabilize, or they will go back down?"

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Continue
To Rise
Stabilize Go Back
Down
Unsure  
% % % %  

5/5-7/06

61 25 10 5  

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"Do you think there are or are not reasonable steps that George W. Bush should take right now that would significantly lower gas prices in the United States?"

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Are Are Not Unsure    
% % %    

5/5-7/06

70 24 7    

 

Associated Press/Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs. May 1-3, 2006. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

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"Over the next six months, do you expect that increases in the price of gasoline will cause financial hardship for you or your family, or not?"

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Will Will Not Unsure
% % %
5/1-3/06 70 29 1

9/16-18/05

65 34 1
9/6-8/05 70 30 -

8/9-11/05

64 35 1

4/18-20/05

51 48 1

6/7-9/04

54 46 -

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"As a result of recent increases in energy prices, would you say you have or have not done each of the following? . . ."

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Have Have Not Unsure
% % %

"Reduced the amount of driving you do"

   5/1-3/06

66 32 2

   4/18-20/05

58 41 1

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"Turned down the heat or air conditioning in your home"

   5/1-3/06

66 33 1

   4/18-20/05

60 40 -

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"Cut back on other expenses"

   5/1-3/06

66 33 1

   4/18-20/05

57 43 -

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"Changed your vacation plans to stay closer to home"

   5/1-3/06

49 49 2

   4/18-20/05

41 58 1

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"Thought seriously about purchasing a more fuel-efficient vehicle"

   5/1-3/06

39 60 1

   4/18-20/05

41 58 1

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"What would you say is a fair price for a gallon of gasoline?" Open-ended

.

Average
Response
5/1-3/06 $2

 

USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 28-30, 2006. N=1,011 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Would you say you are angry about the recent increases in gasoline prices, or not?"

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Angry Not Angry

Unsure

 

 

% % %  

 

4/28-30/06 75 25 1  

 

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 Asked of those who are angry (N=735, MoE 4):
"Who are you angry with?"
Open-ended. Multiple responses.

    %  

 

Gas/oil companies

50  

 

President George W. Bush/Bush Administration

26  

 

Government/politicians (non-specific) 21  

 

Congress

4  

 

OPEC

4  

 

Other

12  

 

Anyone/Everyone responsible

7  

 

No one

1  

 

Unsure

4  

 

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"Would you favor or oppose Congress passing legislation to do each of the following as a way to reduce the price of gasoline? How about [see below]?"

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Favor Oppose

Unsure

 

 

% % %  

 

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"Set price controls on gasoline"
   4/28-30/06 70 27 3  

 

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"Temporarily suspend all federal gasoline taxes"
   4/28-30/06 64 32 4  

 

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"Impose a significant additional tax on oil company profits"
   4/28-30/06 64 32 3  

 

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"Break up big U.S.-owned oil companies"
   4/28-30/06 56 39 5  

 

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"Give a $100 fuel rebate to consumers"
   4/28-30/06 46 52 2  

 


 

CBS News Poll. April 28-30, 2006. N=719 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

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"Do you think the government in Washington should try to do something to help keep gasoline prices down, or do you think the government should stay out of the matter?"

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Should Try Should
Stay Out
Unsure
% % %
4/28-30/06 83 12 5

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"Do you think the government in Washington is doing all it can reasonably be expected to do to help keep gasoline prices down or could it be doing more?"

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Doing All
It Can
Could be
Doing More
Unsure
% % %
4/28-30/06 8 87 5

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"Who do you think should take the lead responsibility in dealing with rising gasoline prices: the President, the Congress, or the Secretary of Energy?"

.

President Congress Secretary
of Energy
Other/All/
None (vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %
4/28-30/06 24 29 25 16 6

 

CNN Poll conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. April 21-23, 2006. N=1,012 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"How worried would you be if the price of gas were twice as high as it is now but you had no difficulty finding gas to purchase: very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried or not worried at all?"

.

Very
Worried
Somewhat
Worried
Not Too
Worried
Not Worried
At All
Unsure
% % % % %
4/21-23/06 70 21 5 4 1

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"How worried would you be if gas prices did not rise but you had to wait in long lines to buy gasoline or if there were restrictions on when you could buy gasoline or how much you could buy: very worried, somewhat worried, not too worried or not worried at all?"

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Very
Worried
Somewhat
Worried
Not Too
Worried
Not Worried
At All
Unsure
% % % % %
4/21-23/06 47 35 9 8 1

 

Gallup Poll. March 13-16, 2006. N=498 adults nationwide. MoE 5.

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"Overall, would you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose the construction of a nuclear energy plant in your area as one of the ways to provide electricity for the U.S.?"

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Strongly
Favor
Somewhat
Favor
Somewhat
Oppose
Strongly
Oppose
Unsure
% % % % %
3/13-16/06 14 28 18 37 3

3/7-10/05

11 24 19 44 2

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. March 10-12, 2006. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Now, thinking about the cost and availability of electricity, gasoline, natural gas, and other forms of energy, would you say the country is in a state of crisis, has major problems, has minor problems, or has no problems at all?" Options rotated

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Crisis Major
Problems
Minor
Problems
No Problems
At All
Unsure
% % % % %
3/10-12/06 12 49 35 3 1

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. March 16-17, 2006. N=1,020 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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". . . Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling energy policy?"

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Approve Disapprove Unsure
% % %
3/16-17/06 28 58 14
9/29-30/05 28 59 13
9/8-9/05 28 60 12
8/2-4/05 34 46 20

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Feb. 1-5, 2006. Adults nationwide.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling energy policy?" N=757, MoE 4 (Form 1)

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Approve Disapprove Unsure    
% % %    
2/1-5/06 30 55 15    
5/05 31 49 20    
4/04 29 48 23    

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"Would you say that the United States, as a country, is addicted to oil, or not?" N=757, MoE 4 (Form 1)

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Is Is Not Unsure    
% % %    
2/1-5/06 85 11 4    

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"Do you think the U.S. can end its reliance on foreign oil sources within the next two decades, or not?" N=745, MoE 4 (Form 2)

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Can Cannot Unsure    
% % %    
2/1-5/06 50 42 8    

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"As I read some possible government policies to address America's energy supply, tell me whether you would favor or oppose each. Would you favor or oppose the government [see below]?"

.

Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    

"Giving tax cuts to energy companies to develop wind, solar and hydrogen technology" N=757, MoE 4 (Form 1)

   2/1-5/06 78 18 4    

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"Increasing federal funding for research on ethanol" N=745, MoE 4 (Form 2)

   2/1-5/06 67 22 11    

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"Giving tax cuts to energy companies to do more exploration for oil" N=757, MoE 4 (Form 1)

   2/1-5/06 44 52 4    

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). Jan. 26-29, 2006. N=approx. 500 adults nationwide.

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"Last fall there were many concerns that home heating prices might be much higher this year than in past years. Would you say that heating your home has been a lot more expensive this year, a little more expensive, or no more expensive this year than in past years?"

.

A Lot More A Little More No More Doesn't
Apply (vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %
1/26-29/06 48 31 15 4 2

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Dec. 2-6, 2005. N=1,155 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think members of the Bush Administration have a clear plan for keeping down the price of home heating oil and gas or haven't they developed one yet?"

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Have Plan No Plan Yet Unsure
% % %
12/2-6/05 11 79 10

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"How concerned are you about being able to pay your heating bills this winter: a lot, some, not much or not at all?"

.

A Lot Some Not Much Not At All Don't Pay
Heating
Bills (vol.)
% % % % %
12/2-6/05 24 25 16 30 3
9/9-13/05 36 28 17 17 2

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Nov. 10-11, 2005. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"We'd like your opinion of the way George W. Bush is handling certain aspects of his job. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling oil prices?"

.

Approve Disap-
prove
Unsure
% % %
11/10-11/05 20 73 7

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Oct. 28-30, 2005. N=800 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

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"Turning to gasoline prices: Do you think the federal government should or should not regulate the price of gasoline?"

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Should Should Not Unsure
% % %
10/28-30/05 53 43 4

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"Do you think Congress should hold an investigation into the profits that oil companies have made in the past few months, or do you think an investigation is not necessary?"

.

Should
Investigate
Not
Necessary
Unsure
% % %
10/28-30/05 82 17 1

 

CBS News Poll. Oct. 3-5, 2005. N=808 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

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"Which do you think should be a higher priority for government: increasing the production of petroleum, coal and natural gas, or encouraging people to conserve energy?"

.

Increasing
Production
Encouraging
Conservation
Both
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %
10/3-5/05 37 49 10 2 2

.

"Which do you think George W. Bush thinks should be the higher priority for the government: increasing the production of petroleum, coal and natural gas, or encouraging people to conserve energy?"

.

Increasing
Production
Encouraging
Conservation
Both
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %
10/3-5/05 50 36 6 1 7

.

"We are interested in who you think should share the blame for the rise in gas and oil prices. Would you place a lot, some, not much, or none of the blame on [see below]?"

.

A Lot Some Not Much None Unsure
% % % % %

.

"American oil companies"

10/3-5/05 44 35 10 9 2
8/29-31/05 41 40 5 7 7

.

"The war in Iraq"

10/3-5/05 24 41 16 17 2
8/29-31/05 31 43 11 13 2

.

"The recent hurricanes in the Gulf Coast region"

10/3-5/05 27 50 10 10 3

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Sept. 26-28, 2005. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Looking ahead to one year from now, do you think gas prices at that time will be much higher than they are today, somewhat higher, about the same, somewhat lower, or much lower than they are today?" Options rotated

.

Much
Higher
Somewhat
Higher
About the
Same
Somewhat
Lower
Much
Lower
% % % % %

9/26-28/05

19 32 25 18 5

 

Associated Press/Ipsos poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. Sept. 16-18, 2005. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

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"Do you expect that the sharp increase in the price of gas that occurred after Hurricane Katrina will be short-lived, or will it be a long-term increase?"

.

Short-Lived Long-Term Unsure
% % %

9/16-18/05

41 58 1

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Sept. 13-14, 2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Do you think the federal gasoline tax should be suspended until gas prices come down?"

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Yes No Unsure    

%

%

%

   
9/13-14/05

57

33

10

 

 

5/9-10/01

56

37

7

 

 

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"Who do you think has the most control over gas prices?" Open-ended

.

   

%

   

Domestic oil companies/producers

36

 

 

The government

13

 

 

OPEC, Middle East

12

 

 

The President, Bush Administration

10

 

 

Consumers

5

 

 

Gas station owners

2

 

 

Combination

10

 

 

Other

3

 

 

Unsure

10

 

 


 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 8-11, 2005. N=1,201 adults nationwide. MoE 3. Fieldwork by TNS Intersearch.

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"Thinking about how the federal government has handled specific issues -- How would you rate the federal government's performance on dealing with the oil supply and rising gasoline prices: excellent, good, not so good or poor?"

.

Excellent Good Not so Good Poor Unsure
% % % % %

9/8-11/05

3 18 35 43 1
9/2/05 3 16 29 50 2

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. Sept. 8-9, 2005. N=1,009 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Now thinking about gasoline prices these days -- Which of the following, if any, do you blame MOST for the recent rise in gas prices: Major oil companies. The federal government. Oil producing countries. Other countries, like China, buying oil. Gas stations." Options rotated

.

 

%

 

 

 

Major oil companies

36

 

 

 

Federal government

22

 

 

 

Oil producing countries

11

 

 

 

Other countries

8

 

 

 

Gas stations

5

 

 

 

All equally/Combination (vol.)

8

 

 

 

None of these/Other (vol.)

5

 

 

 

Unsure

5

 

 

 


 

Time Poll conducted by Schulman, Ronca & Bucuvalas (SRBI) Public Affairs. Sept. 7-8, 2005. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Gas prices jumped up after Hurricane Katrina hit. Do you think that the increase in gas prices resulted more because damage from the hurricane cut oil supplies from the Gulf Coast states, or more because the oil companies and gas stations wanted to make more profit?"

.

Supplies Profit Unsure    

%

%

%

   
9/7-8/05

33

60

7

   

.

"How much do you think a president can do to keep gas prices down . . . ?"

.

A Great
Deal
Some Not Much Nothing
At All
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

9/7-8/05

39

36

18

5

2

.

"How much has President Bush done to keep gas prices down . . . ?"

.

A Great
Deal
Some Not Much Nothing
At All
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

9/7-8/05

4

23

30

38

5


 

Zogby America Poll. Sept. 6-7, 2005. N=1,157 likely voters nationwide. MoE 2.9.

.

"I am going to read to you a list of issues. Please rate President Bush's handling of each as excellent, good, fair, or poor. Gas prices."

.

Excellent Good Fair Poor Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

9/6-7/05

7

14

26

47

6


 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Sept. 5-6, 2005. N=609 adults nationwide. MoE 4.

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"Now thinking about the effect of the hurricane on gasoline prices in the United States, which comes closer to your view? The gas companies are charging a fair price given the conditions caused by the hurricane. OR, The gas companies are taking advantage of the situation and charging unfair prices." Options rotated

.

Fair Unfair Unsure    
% % %    
9/5-6/05 18 79 3    

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 2, 2005. N=501 adults nationwide. MoE 4. Fieldwork by TNS Intersearch.

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"As you may know, gas prices have increased to $3 a gallon or more in some areas. Do you think this increase is justified by the drop in oil production caused by the hurricane, or do you think oil companies and gas dealers are taking unfair advantage of the situation?"

.

Justified Unfair Both (vol.) Neither
 (vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %
9/2/05 16 72 7 2 3

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Aug. 30-31, 2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3.

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"Six months from now, do you think gas prices will be higher, lower or about the same as they are today?"

.

Higher Lower Same Unsure  

%

%

%

%

 
8/30-31/05

67

14

15

4

 

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"To deal with higher gas prices, have you and your family been more likely to cut back on driving or more likely to cut back on other spending?"

.

Driving Other
Spending
Both
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Unsure

%

%

%

%

%

8/30-31/05

42

17

20

19

3


 

CBS News Poll. Aug. 29-31, 2005. N=871 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"We are interested in who you think should share the blame for the rise in gas and oil prices. Would you place a lot, some, not much, or none of the blame on [see below]?"

.

A Lot Some Not Much None Unsure
% % % % %

.

"American oil companies"

8/29-31/05 41 40 5 7 7

.

"Oil-producing countries"

8/29-31/05 40 44 6 6 4

.

"The war in Iraq"

8/29-31/05 31 43 11 13 2

.

"The President"

8/29-31/05 31 40 11 16 2

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"Waste by consumers"

8/29-31/05 29 50 10 7 4

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"Do you think the effects of Hurricane Katrina, which just hit the U.S. Gulf Coast, will cause gas and oil prices to go up, go down, or will they have no effect on gas and oil prices?"

.

Up Down No
Effect
Unsure
% % % %
8/29-31/05 86 0 9 5

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Aug. 28-30, 2005. Adults nationwide.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling gas prices?" Form B (N=500, MoE 5)

.

Yes No Unsure
% % %

8/28-30/05

20 76 4
4/29 - 5/1/05 27 67 6

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"How much do you blame each of the following for the recent increase in gasoline prices: a great deal, a moderate amount, not much, or not at all? How about [see below]?" N=1,007, MoE 3

.

Great
Deal
Moderate
Amount
Not Much Not At All Unsure
% % % % %

"Oil companies in the U.S."

  8/28-30/05

54 30 9 6 1

  4/29 - 5/1/05

47 32 15 5 1

.

"The Bush Administration"

  8/28-30/05

38 25 18 18 1

  4/29 - 5/1/05

38 27 19 15 1

.

"The Republicans in Congress"

  8/28-30/05

27 30 20 20 3

.

"The Democrats in Congress"

  8/28-30/05

12 34 26 24 4

 

ABC News Poll. Aug. 18-21, 2005. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE 3. Fieldwork by TNS Intersearch.

.

"Thinking about how much driving you do, would you say that compared to this time last year you're driving more, less, or about the same amount?"

.

More Less Same Don't
Drive (vol.)
% % % %

8/18-21/05

14 32 50 4

.

"Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the price of gasoline in your area?"

.

Satisfied Dissat-
isfied
% %

8/18-21/05

5 94

.

"How concerned are you that higher gas prices will seriously damage the nation's economy overall? Are you very worried about that, somewhat worried, not too worried or not worried at all?"

.

Very
Worried
Somewhat
Worried
Not Too
Worried
Not At All
Worried
% % % %

8/18-21/05

42 39 12 6

.

"If the price of gas in your area reaches and stays above three dollars a gallon, do you think you'll find a way to cut back on your driving or drive the same amount and find a way to pay for it?" Options rotated

.

Cut
Back
Same
Amount
Don't
Drive (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %

8/18-21/05

63 34 3 1

 

Gallup Poll. Aug. 8-11, 2005. N=497 adults nationwide. MoE 5.

           

.

"For each of the following business sectors in the United States, please say whether your overall view of it is very positive, somewhat positive, neutral, somewhat negative or very negative. How about [see below]?"

           

.

    Very
Positive
Somewhat
Positive
Neutral Somewhat
Negative
Very
Negative
    % % % % %
 

Electric and gas utilities

 

8/8-11/05

11 25 24 26 12
  8/04 8 24 29 26 12
  8/03 12 33 23 21 10
  8/02 9 27 27 24 11
  8/01 9 22 21 30 17
           

.

 

Oil and gas industry

 

8/8-11/05

9 11 17 27 35
  8/04 6 15 18 35 23
  8/03 9 26 22 29 14
  8/02 6 19 28 28 16
  8/01 7 17 21 33 21

 

Associated Press/AOL poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. Aug. 9-11, 2005. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

.

"Do you think George W. Bush is or is not handling the nation's energy problems effectively?"

.

Is Is Not Unsure
% % %

8/9-11/05

32 59 9

4/18-20/05

31 62 7

.

"Which ONE of the following would you say deserves the most blame for higher energy prices? . . ."

.

      8/05 4/05
      % %

"Oil companies that want to make too much profit"

30 29

"Foreign countries that dominate oil reserves"

22 24

"Politicians"

21 23

"Environmentalists who want to limit oil exploration"

9 8

"People who drive gas-guzzling vehicles"

7 6

Other (vol.)

3 1

No one is to blame/Not a problem (vol.)

1 1

All equally (vol.)

5 6

Unsure

2 2

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. May 20-22, 2005. Adults nationwide.

.

"Will the price of gas cause you to drive less than you might have otherwise this summer, or not?" Form A (N=517, MoE 5)

.

Yes No Unsure
% % %

5/20-22/05

55 43 2

5/21-23/04

56 43 1

5/7-9/01

58 41 1

6/22-25/00

50 49 1

5/23-24/00

41 57 2

.

"Will the price of gas cause you to alter your summer vacation plans, or not?" Form B (N=489, MoE 5)

.

Yes No Unsure
% % %

5/20-22/05

46 53 1

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 29-May 1, 2005. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Thinking for a moment about gas prices: Do you think the prices that you are currently paying for gasoline are fair or unfair?"

.

Fair Unfair Not Buying
Gas (vol.)
Unsure
% % % %
4/29 - 5/1/05 20 78 1 1

.

"What do you think will happen to gas prices in the U.S. over the next six months: they will continue to rise, they will stabilize, or they will go back down?" Options rotated

.

Rise Stabilize Go Down Unsure
% % % %
4/29 - 5/1/05 57 33 9 1

.

"How much do you blame each of the following for the recent increase in gasoline prices: a great deal, a moderate amount, not much, or not at all? How about [see below]?"

.

Great
Deal
Moderate
Amount
Not Much Not At All Unsure
% % % % %

.

"Foreign countries that produce oil"

4/29 - 5/1/05 50 27 14 7 2

.

"Americans who drive vehicles that use a lot of gasoline"

4/29 - 5/1/05 24 29 22 24 1

.

"Do you think there are or are not reasonable steps that George W. Bush should take right now that would significantly lower gas prices in the United States?"

.

Are Are Not Unsure
% % %
4/29 - 5/1/05 67 29 4

 

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. April 21-24, 2005. N=1,007 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Do you approve or disapprove of the way Bush is handling energy policy?"

.

Approve Disap-
prove
Unsure
% % %

4/21-24/05

35 54 10

.

"Who do you blame for the recent rise in oil and gasoline prices: other oil-producing countries, U.S. oil companies, or the Bush Administration?" Options rotated

.

  %

Bush Administration

31

Other oil-producing countries

26

U.S. oil companies

23

None (vol.)

5

Other (vol.)

4

All equally (vol.)

8

Undecided

4

 

Associated Press/AOL poll conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs. April 18-20, 2005. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE 3.1.

.

"How much do higher prices for gasoline, natural gas and home heating oil affect you personally . . . ?"

.

A Lot Some Not Much Not At All
% % % %

4/18-20/05

55 33 8 4

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 1-2, 2005. N=1,040 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"As a result of the recent rise in gas prices, would you say you have or have not done each of the following? How about . . . ?"

.

Have Have Not Unsure
% % %

.

"Made more of an effort to find the gas station with the cheapest gas in your area"

  4/1-2/05

72 27 1

  6/3-6/04

69 30 1

.

"Seriously considered getting a more fuel-efficient car the next time you buy a vehicle"

  4/1-2/05

57 42 1

  6/3-6/04

53 46 1

.

"Cut back significantly on how much you drive"

  4/1-2/05

48 51 1

  6/3-6/04

45 54 1

.

"Cut back significantly on your household spending because of the higher gas prices"

  4/1-2/05

38 62 -

  6/3-6/04

34 66 -

 

Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. March 17-21, 2005. Adults nationwide.

.

"Right now, which one of the following do you think should be a more important priority for this country: protecting the environment or developing new sources of energy?" Options rotated. Form 2 (N=750, MoE 4).

.

Environment Energy Unsure
% % %

3/17-21/05

42 49 9

2/02

45 48 7

5/01

42 49 9

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. May 21-23, 2004. Nationwide.

.

"Now, thinking about the cost of gasoline, would you say the country is in a state of crisis, has major problems, has minor problems, or has no problems at all?" Form A (N=506, MoE 5). Options rotated.

.

Crisis Major
Problems
Minor
Problems
No
Problems
% % % %

5/21-23/04

15 49 29 6
3/26-28/04 13 56 26 5

.

"Do you expect that price increases in gasoline will or will not cause any financial hardship for you and your household this summer?" Form B (N=496, MoE 5)

.

Will Will Not
% %

5/21-23/04

59 39
3/26-28/04 58 42

 

CBS News Poll. May 20-23, 2004. Nationwide:

.

"If John Kerry is elected president in November, do you think gasoline prices will go lower, go higher, or stay about the same?" N=923 registered voters, MoE 3

.

Lower Higher Same Unsure
% % % %
5/04 21 13 51 16

.

"If George W. Bush is reelected president in November, do you think gasoline prices will go lower, go higher, or stay about the same?" N=923 registered voters, MoE 3

.

Lower Higher Same Unsure
% % % %
5/04 14 30 46 10

.

"How much of the blame for the increase in gas prices do you put on oil-producing nations limiting the production of oil: a great deal, some, not much, or none at all?" N=1,113 adults, MoE 3

.

A Great Deal Some Not Much None at All Unsure
% % % % %
5/04 55 34 7 3 1

.


 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. April 6-7, 2004. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE 3 (total sample).

.

"Do you think gasoline prices have peaked, or do you expect gasoline prices to go higher this summer?"

.

Peaked Go
Higher
Not
Sure

.

% % %

.

4/04 8 86 6

.

.

"Do you favor or oppose relaxing some environmental standards to increase oil and gas production in the United States?"

.

Favor Oppose Not
Sure
% % %
ALL 46 43 11
Democrats 34 54 12
Republicans 63 26 11
Independents 40 49 11

.

"Do you favor or oppose opening a small amount -- less than 10 percent -- of the Alaskan wilderness areas for oil exploration as a way to reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil?"

.

Favor Oppose Not
Sure
% % %
4/04 57 33 10

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Aug. 25-26, 2003. N=1,009 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"How likely is it that there will be a widespread and long-lasting electrical or power blackout in the area where you live in the next six months: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not likely at all?"

Very
Likely
Somewhat
Likely
Not Too
Likely
Not Likely
At All
No
Opinion
% % % % %
8/03 8 17 37 37 1

.

"Which of these statements best describes the condition of electric and power generating facilities in the United States: it is in a state of crisis, has major problems, but is not in a crisis, has minor problems, or has no problems at all?" Options rotated

Crisis Major
Problems
Minor
Problems
No
Problems
At All
No
Opinion
% % % % %
8/03 8 44 43 4 1

.

"Would you be willing to pay higher rates for electricity and power to upgrade power facilities in the U.S. in order to decrease the possibility of future widespread blackouts, or not?"

Willing Not
Willing
No
Opinion
% % %
8/03 46 52 2

.

"Thinking about the system that transmits electricity from region to region throughout the nation, do you think the federal government should or should not play a significantly larger role in managing this system?"

Should Should
Not
No
Opinion
% % %
8/03 61 36 3

.

"Just your best guess: Do you think the recent increase in gasoline prices is due more to gas companies charging higher prices than is warranted by the existing market conditions, or due more to existing market conditions such as a limited supply of oil in the world and the recent power blackout?" Options rotated

Higher
Prices
Than
Warranted
Market
Conditions
No
Opinion
% % %
8/03 63 33 4

 

Los Angeles Times Poll. Jan. 30-Feb. 2, 2003. N=1,385 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (total sample).

.

"George W. Bush said that he would consider opening up part of the Alaskan Arctic Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration. Do you approve or disapprove of Bush's proposal?"

.

ALL Democrats Independents Republicans

%

%

%

%

Approve

47

31

42

76

Disapprove

43

59

48

17

Don't know

10

10

10

7


 

Los Angeles Times Poll. Dec. 12-15, 2002. N=1,305 adults nationwide. MoE 3 (total sample).

.

"Some lawmakers say that areas of the Western states which are now off limits to drilling for oil and natural gas should be developed as a way of reducing dependence on foreign oil reserves. Other lawmakers say that it is a mistake to open up these areas to development because it would have a negative impact on the environment. How about you? Do you think the West's oil and natural gas reserves should be developed, or not?"

.

ALL Democrats Independents Republicans

%

%

%

%

 

Should be developed

53

44

47

71

 

Should not be

37

46

44

21

 

Don't know

10

10

9

8


 

Associated Press Poll. Feb. 22-26, 2002. N=1,016 adults nationwide. MoE 3. Field work by ICR.

           

.

"Do you think the shortage of energy we hear about is real, or are we just being told there are shortages?"
    %        
  Real 50        
  Not real 41        
  Don't know 9        
             
"Do you favor or oppose opening up part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska for oil exploration?"
    %        
  Favor 38        
  Oppose 52        
  Don't know 10        
             
"There is a debate about whether this country should become less dependent on oil imported from foreign countries. Please give your best estimate of which phrase comes closest to describing how much of our oil comes from foreign countries. . . ."
    %        
  About a fourth 9        
  About half 34        
  About three-fourths 53        
  Don't know 4        
             
"Do you think the energy industry has too much influence, too little influence, or the right amount of influence on the Bush Administration?"
    %        
  Too much 44        
  Too little 13        
  Right amount 28        
  Don't know 15        
             
"Compared to the prices of most other things you buy, do you think gasoline prices today are reasonable or unreasonable?"
    %        
  Reasonable 68        
  Unreasonable 31        
  Don't know 1        

 

Gallup/CNN/USA Today Poll. Feb. 9-11, 2001. N=1,016 adults nationwide. MoE 3.

.

"Now thinking about the cost of electricity, gasoline, natural gas, oil, and other forms of energy: Have recent price increases for energy caused any financial hardship for you or your household?"

%
Yes 56
No 44

.

"How likely is it that the price increases for energy will cause any financial hardship for you or your household in the next twelve months: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?"

%
Very likely 38
Somewhat likely 33
Not too likely 18
Not at all likely 10
No opinion 1

 

Gallup Poll. March 19-21, 1999. N=1,018 adults nationwide.

.

"In order to meet the future needs of the nation, how important do you feel it is to have more nuclear power plants: extremely important, somewhat important, not too important, or not at all important?"
3/99 4/79
% %
Extremely important 15 30
Somewhat important 41 33
Not too important 26 13
Not at all important 15 17
No opinion 3 7

.

"In 1979, about 20 years ago, there was a nuclear power plant breakdown near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Would you happen to remember the name of that nuclear plant, or not?"
%
Three Mile Island 38
Yes, other 3
No, don't remember 47
No opinion 12

.

"Do you think a situation such as this is or is not likely to happen again?"
%
Is likely 72
Is not likely 24
No opinion 4

 

Associated Press Poll conducted by ICR. March 12-16, 1999. N=1,015 adults nationwide.

.

"Do you support or oppose using nuclear power to generate electricity?"
%
Support 45
Oppose 31
Don't know 23
Refused 1

.

This question asked of who those who support nuclear power (N=493):
"Would you support or oppose the construction of a nuclear power plant within 10 miles of your home?"
%
Support 47
Oppose 51
Don't know 3

.

"Do you think nuclear power plants in the United States are safer now than they were 10 years ago, or not?"
%
Safer 61
Not safer 21
Don't know 18

.

"Do you think radioactive waste from nuclear power plants can be safely stored for many years, or not?"
%
Yes 31
No 47
Don' know 21

.

"How would you rate the likelihood of a serious accident at a nuclear power plant in the United States: highly likely, likely, unlikely or highly unlikely?"
%
Highly likely 13
Likely 37
Unlikely 27
Highly unlikely 18
Don't know 6

 


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