Americans Think U.S. Headed Wrong Way on Energy, Poll Finds


The vast majority of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction when it comes to energy policy and want more leadership when it comes to dealing with future needs, according to a new poll. In survey of 3,406 Americans conducted by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, less than 14 percent of respondents said they think the country is headed in the right direction on energy, with 76 percent saying they are worried about the nation’s lack of progress on energy efficiency and development of renewable energy sources. Eighty-four percent said they were worried about the nation’s reliance on foreign oil. More than 40 percent said they expect the situation to be even worse in 25 years. When asked to rate the performance of numerous institutions and individuals, respondents were most satisfied with their own personal performances, followed by scientists and engineers, and then research institutions. They were least satisfied with the government and business leaders; Congress ranked last with only 8 percent of respondents calling its performance satisfactory.

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  1. People only know what they are told by the mas media (as far as polls go). Most people have an opinion that is very logical based on mis information or part information. The Media is bought by highest bidder. I teach emerging Technologies as apply to this subject and have been a Licensed Contractor over 35 yrs. and am a Subject Mater Expert to State of Ca. and I am struggling with facts for an intelligent opinion .

    How can the public be polled with out bias in the questions themselves? Regionally/demographically Fox News has sold an iron clad opinion so viewers dont need to think for themselves. The other side is Green Washing and getting all giddy about stuff that is of not much relevance….

    In a word, I agree with your assessment, however but not for obvious reasons. This country needs leadership and education real bad. Media is causing distractions, as are Politicians, people are also subject to the “Human Condition” that is greedy and lazy, Closing word, more answers and solutions exist than problems. Behavior is our problem, not power