A poll released Sunday found 65 percent of U.S. voters believe finding new sources of energy is currently more important than reducing the amount of energy Americans use.
The poll also show the majority favoring investment in renewable energy sources rather than longterm investment in fossil fuels.
The number is the highest measured in more than a year, according to Rasmussen Reports.
The national telephone survey found that only 28 percent believe reducing energy consumption is more important.
“It’s important to note, however, that the question does not specify what form these new sources of energy take,” officials noted in a statement.
“However, 59 percent of voters think investing in renewable energy sources like wind and solar is a better long-term investment for America than investing in fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal. Twenty-nine percent (29%) feel fossil fuels are the better long-term investment. There has been little change in these numbers since the first of the year.”
Meanwhile, the number of Americans concerned about global warming has decreased slightly — now at 57 percent since the “Climategate” scandal, where scientists were accused of manipulating data to exaggerate global warming. They have since been exonerated.
The poll also found that 56 percent of voters are still in favor of allowing offshore oil drilling and 47 percent favor deepwater drilling, despite the nation’s largest oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that started in April.
Other numbers show 40 percent of voters believe there is a conflict between economic growth and environment protection, 32 percent disagree and 29 percent say there are unsure.