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Most Americans Believe In Global Warning

Posted Sep 16, 2011 at 1:14 AM by Maurice Berger

While a number of Republican candidates for president reject the idea of global warming, most Americans believe in it. A survey Yale University survey reports that 53% of Republicans, 71% of independents and 78% of Democrats said they believe global warming is real. Interestingly, on 34% of who self-identify as members of the Tea Party believe in global warming; 53% do not.

Americans Continue To Support Offshore Drilling

Posted May 12, 2010 at 12:58 AM by Maurice Berger

Even recent headlines have not turned most Americans against offshore drilling. With the massive oil spill off the coast of Louisiana fresh in the news, a DailyKos/Research 2000 reports that 60% of Americans continue to favor offshore drilling for oil and gas with 32% opposing.

Americans Now Support Cap And Trade

Posted Dec 16, 2009 at 1:44 AM by Maurice Berger

According to a new Ipsos Public Affairs survey, a majority of Americans support the so-called "cap and trade" system that some say would lower the pollution levels that lead to global warming. "With cap and trade, the government would issue permits limiting the amount of greenhouse gases companies can put out. Companies that did not use all their permits could sell them to other companies. The idea is that many companies would find ways to put out less greenhouse gases, because that would be cheaper than buying permits." As of late last week, 52% of respondents supported cap and trade, 41% opposed, and 7% were not sure.

Americans Remain Pessimistic About Economy And The Nation

Posted Dec 15, 2009 at 1:38 AM by Maurice Berger

Per MSNBC First Read: "A new CNBC poll . . . has Obama’s economic approval rating at 46%, the Democratic Party’s at 39%, and the GOP’s at 26%. Also in the poll, a plurality (43%) believes the economy will improve in the course of the next year. And the survey shows a lack in confidence in American institutions: 77% say they have confidence in the military, compared with 39% for the Supreme Court, 24% for the Fed, 19% for the Treasury Department, 18% for FEMA, 17% for health insurance companies, 15% for Congress, and 10% for the financial industry. Ouch. Here’s one more thing: By a 54%-33% margin, Americans say they prefer using the leftover TARP money for deficit reduction rather than for more stimulus spending."

Gallup: Economy Trumps Environment

Posted Mar 20, 2009 at 1:37 AM by Maurice Berger

According to Gallup, for the first time in the polling organization's 25-year history of asking Americans about the "trade-off between environmental protection and economic growth, a majority of Americans say economic growth should be given the priority, even if the environment suffers to some extent. Gallup first asked Americans about this trade-off in 1984, at which time over 60% chose the environmental option. Support for the environment was particularly high in 1990-1991, and in the late 1990s and 2000, when the dot-com boom perhaps made economic growth more of a foregone conclusion. The percentage of Americans choosing the environment slipped below 50% in 2003 and 2004, but was still higher than the percentage choosing the economy. Sentiments have moved up and down over the last several years, but this year, the percentage of Americans choosing the environment fell all the way to 42%, while the percentage choosing the economy jumped to 51%." No doubt, the reason for this shift in American sentiment on the ecology almost certainly has to do with the current economic recession. As nearly all recent Gallup surveys suggest, the economy is foremost in Americans' minds.