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YOUNG VOTERS AND REPUBLICAN VOTERS MOST IN SUPPORT OF NATURAL GAS EXPORTATION
61 percent of Republicans favored exporting natural gas to other countries. This was highest among the parties, with 56 percent of both Independents and Democrats favoring natural gas exportation.
Those aged 18-29 were most in favor for natural gas exportation, with 68 percent supporting exports. This was noticeably higher than the 57 and 55 percent in favor from those aged 30-44 and 45-64 respectively.
…BUT, AMERICANS DON’T BELIEVE THE UNITED STATES SHOULD INCREASE EXISTING EXPORTS
Voters across all parties agreed that the United States should not increase energy exports. Between 75 and 80 percent of likely voters said they wanted to keep the amount of energy exports the same or decrease exports.
Young people were still the most likely group to support exports, with 33 percent of those aged 18-29 saying we should increase energy exports. That is nearly 10 percentage points above the 25 percent of those aged 30-44 and 24 percent of those aged 45-64 saying we should increase energy exports.
BELIEF IN THE UNITED STATES AS AN ENERGY SUPERPOWER HIGHEST WITH YOUNG VOTERS AND DEMOCRATIC VOTERS
Democrats are split down the middle on whether or not the United States is becoming an energy superpower. Both Independents and Republicans do not believe that the United States is becoming an energy superpower, with 59 and 60 percent, respectively, saying the given statement was false.
As the age demographic gets older, the belief that the United States is becoming an energy superpower decreases, polling at 57, 49, and 38 percent as we move from those aged 18-29, 30-44, and 45-64, respectively.
AMERICANS UNSURE OF WHETHER OR NOT UNITED STATES IS ENERGY INDEPENDENT
Only a little over 50 percent of Democrats say they believe America is becoming energy independent. However, 54 and 59 percent of Independents and Republicans, respectively, do not believe America is becoming energy independent.
The gap widened when looking at men and women. Men were more likely to believe that the United States was becoming more energy independent than women, polling at 54 percent compared with 40 percent, respectively.
MOST AMERICANS HIGHLY FAVOR PROPOSALS TO EXPAND ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE
A large majority of likely voters in each party said they favored proposals to expand energy infrastructure. About 9 in 10 of all parties favored building a smart electricity grid as well as investment in energy infrastructure to move and transport domestic sources of energy. The Keystone pipeline and drilling natural US reserves prompted the largest differences among parties, with Republicans offering the most support at 87 and 88 percent respectively.
This poll was conducted from May 29 - June 1, 2014, among a national sample of 1754 likely 2014 voters. The interviews were conducted online and the data were weighted to approximate a target sample of likely voters based on age, race/ethnicity, gender, educational attainment, region, annual household income, home ownership status and marital status. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.
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