Polls on global warming, energy, and the sequester
AEI Political Report, April 2013

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The latest issue of AEI’s monthly newsletter on public opinion, AEI Political Report, examines the attitudes toward global warming, how Americans feel about the production and transportation of energy, the fallout of the sequester, changing attitudes about taxes, and the situation in North Korea. Some highlights:

* Solid majorities of Americans believe climate change is real, and 54 percent say its effects have already begun. But 64 percent do not believe it will pose a serious threat to them in their lifetimes. Acting to prevent climate change is a low priority for the public. 

* Americans want to emphasize developing alternative sources of energy over expanding production of traditional sources. Natural gas is an exception. In a recent Gallup poll, 65 percent said more emphasis should be placed on producing energy from natural gas.

* Americans continue to favor building the Keystone XL pipeline and expanding offshore drilling. In Pew’s latest polling, 48 percent favored using fracking technology, and 38 percent were opposed.

* In an early April Gallup poll, 49 percent said they didn’t know enough about the sequester to say whether its effect on the economy would be positive or negative, and 57 percent felt that way about its effect on their personal financial situation.

* Today, people are divided about whether their federal income taxes are too high or about right. Only 2 percent think they are too low.

* More than two-thirds of Americans say taxes are hurting their finances, and 6 in 10 registered voters say their families’ paychecks are smaller this year because more taxes are being taken out.

* In recent surveys, the public views the current North Korean threats as serious and real, with Americans more willing to commit troops should they be needed.

 

Polls on global warming, energy, and the sequester: AEI Political Report April 2013

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  • Karlyn Bowman compiles and analyzes American public opinion using available polling data on a variety of subjects, including the economy, taxes, the state of workers in America, environment and global warming, attitudes about homosexuality and gay marriage, NAFTA and free trade, the war in Iraq, and women's attitudes. In addition, Ms. Bowman has studied and spoken about the evolution of American politics because of key demographic and geographic changes. She has often lectured on the role of think tanks in the United States and writes a weekly column for Forbes.com.
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  • Jennifer K. Marsico is a senior research associate at AEI, working in the Political Corner. Her research focuses on elections and election reform, as well as government continuity issues. She is a visiting fellow at the Independent Women's Forum. She is also a contributor to the AEIdeas blog, and has also written for many outside print and online publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and Roll Call. Ms. Marsico serves as assistant director of the AEI-Brookings Continuity of Government Commission, and has contributed to recent studies on Supreme Court continuity, voter registration modernization, and civic participation in the digital age.

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