Americans heavily split on environment and energy

The results of a Gallup poll released yesterday show that Americans are quite strongly divided on energy and environment issues. However close to 50% of Republicans and Republican leaning voters still support some key environment proposals, while the same proposals are supported by close to 80% of Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters. Key environment proposals with this type of response include tightening emission regulations on industry, spending more money on solar and wind power, spending government money on alternate fuels for vehicles, controlling carbon dioxide emissions, and setting higher emission standards for automobiles.

Views are reversed (84% R, 49% D) when it comes to opening up federal lands for oil exploration.  A majority of Republicans but not Democrats support increasing the use of nuclear power.

More detailed results and analysis are provided by Gallup at


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