National Support for Energy Exploration Up
Forty-seven percent of those surveyed by Pew said energy exploration is more important to them than increased conservation, up from 35 percent in February. The percentage of Americans who favor drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is also on the rise. Half of those just polled said they favored drilling, compared with 42 percent in February.
Much of the increased support for exploration comes from groups who are more like to favor conservation, like young people, women, those with college degrees and liberals. Support among young people (ages 18 to 29) for energy exploration has pretty much doubled since February — rising from 26 percent to 51 percent. Support among self-identified liberals has also doubled — from 22 percent to 45 percent.
Drilling in ANWR is still divided along party lines. Republicans are still much more likely than Democrats to support drilling in Alaska’s wildlife refuge.