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June 19, 2010
41% Favor Government Policies To Discourage Use of Fossil Fuels, 36% Oppose
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Americans believe strongly that the United States needs to change its dependency on fossil fuels, but they have mixed feelings about whether government policies should encourage use of alternative energy sources in their place.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 73% of Adults believe it is at least Somewhat Important for the country to change its dependency on fossil fuels like coal, gas and oil in the near future. This includes 42% who say it’s Very Important.

Just 23% say this change is Not Very or Not At All Important.

Forty-one percent (41%) say government policies should be enacted to discourage use of fossil fuels and encourage the use of alternative energy sources instead. But 36% don’t think that’s a good idea. Another 23% are not sure.

Forty-three percent (43%) believe the continuing disastrous oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is at least somewhat likely to cause the United States to change its dependency on fossil fuels in the near future. Forty-eight percent (48%) say it’s unlikely. These findings includes 17% who say the oil leak is Very Likely to have that kind of effect and 17% who say it’s Not At All Likely to do so.

Still, 29% of Americans think the United States will buy less oil from the Middle East in five years’ time than it does today. Nineteen percent (19%) say America will buy more oil from that region five years from now, while 45% think it will be about the same.

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