If it means more jobs, then Americans want more energy projects – solar, natural gas, oil, you name it. That’s the takeaway from a poll by the American Consumer Institute (ACI) Center for Citizen Research. The poll showed that many consumers are feeling pessimistic about the country’s economy today – you think? – and believe that energy projects could help pull the U.S. economy out of its slump.
In the telephone survey of 1,000 people, 89 percent of participants agreed that increasing the number of energy projects was a good thing for jobs and economic health; 94 percent felt that increasing domestic energy production would also be beneficial; and 93 percent said new investment into U.S. energy projects would boost job creation.
While renewable energy sources like solar and wind power showed favorably in the results, the survey found that eight out of 10 respondents still favored natural gas expansion and drilling projects, and 68 percent supported oil expansion. Even coal eked out a 52-45 favorable margin. Only nuclear energy gathered less enthusiasm, with 50 percent saying they did not want to see expansion in that area.
“Our survey confirmed what we suspected. Americans see us having a weak economy, and they are looking for ways to put Americans back to work and re-build our economy,” ACI Senior Fellow Anne Danehysaid. “Americans see a connection between U.S. energy projects and jobs.”
On its website, the ACI describes itself as a research institute that believes “excessive taxes and regulations often harm consumers, investment and jobs”; that “government needs to be fiscally responsible’; and that “government actions need to demonstrate more benefits than costs.” The survey results [PDF] and survey detail crosstabs [PDF] are available online.