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In U.S., 73% now prioritize alternative energy over oil, gas

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Staff writer ▼ | March 26, 2016
Alternative energy
Energy in America   Majority of Republicans now support alternative energy

Seventy-three percent of Americans say they prefer emphasizing alternative energy, rather than gas and oil production, as the solution to the nation's energy problems.

This marks the highest percentage of Americans prioritizing alternative energy since Gallup first asked the question in 2011.

While a majority of Americans have preferred alternative energy solutions since 2011, support has increased substantially since 2013 (59%) and 2014 (64%).

These results are from Gallup's annual Environment poll, conducted March 2-6. From 2012 to 2014, the gap separating traditional and alternative energy advocates was stable, with differences between the two groups ranging from 25 to 32 percentage points. But this year, the gap has widened to 52 points.

While a majority of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents have favored emphasizing alternative energy over traditional fossil fuel sources since 2011, this year marks the first time a majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents prefer an alternative energy strategy.

The 51% of Republicans who now favor alternative energy is up from the previous high of 46% in 2011.

Both Democrats' and Republicans' support for an alternative energy strategy has grown steadily since 2013. Republicans' support grew eight points from 2014 to 2016, while Democrats' support increased five points over that same time period.

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