Yesterday Gallup released results from its March 6-9 Social Series Environment poll, which found that Americans still favor energy conservation over production. Such a finding has been consistent since Gallup began asking the question in 2001.

According to Gallup, “Americans' long-standing preference for emphasizing conservation over production in U.S. energy policy has rebounded, now matching levels seen in prior years.”

The Gallup survey found that:

  • About one-third in the U.S. now favors greater emphasis on energy production as the solution.
  • 57% of Americans say the U.S. should emphasize conservation in its approach to solve the nation's energy problems
  • 64% of Americans prefer an emphasis on the development of alternative energy production, such as wind and solar power, to an emphasis on production of traditional fossil fuels.

Gallup’s findings on conservation mirror those of a NEMA and NAM survey released in February. This poll, commissioned by McLaughlin & Associates, found that 9 in 10 likely voters support energy efficiency as a key part of the solution addressing our energy challenges. Results showed a desire for greater adoption of efficient technologies throughout our economy, including the federal government, where tax dollars can be saved.

To view Gallup’s pull results in their entirety, click here:

To view the NEMA/NAM results in their entirety, click here.

NEMA has long held that energy efficiency is our “first fuel,” because it’s the only one that’s 100% efficient, plus it’s the cleanest and greenest way to meet America’s energy needs. That Americans broadly support energy effienecy says a lot about a smarter and greener future for the country.


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