REPORT: As the 2008 election season unravels, and energy debates take center-stage on the Hill, research conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner and other public opinion firms reveal that Americans are ready to accept the challenge of moving this country to an energy future that is clean and self-reliant.

“Across the country, Americans are saying that they not only want to turn to clean, alternative energy, but they want to do it now,” said Michael Bocian of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. “Clean energy is seen as an engine for jobs and economic progress.”

“For the first time ever, a type of technology has become a top-tier political issue. The candidates and elected officials who seize this mantle of change will reap the political benefits. Through our political work this cycle, we’ll be advising clients to take charge and offer clean energy solutions.”

Key Findings

  • A survey conducted in March 2007 by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research for the Center for American Progress reported that Americans believe that the most important goal of our energy policy should be to create clean, alternative forms of energy (37 percent).
  • Last November, Zogby reported that energy independence (39 percent) topped health care (33 percent), education (19 percent), and crime (6 percent) as what Americans think should be the top government policy.
  • A February 2006 survey conducted by the Pew Charitable Trusts vividly illustrated this dramatic shift. In that survey, 58 percent of the public said “dealing with the nation’s energy problem” was a top priority—an 11-point jump from the previous year and an 18-point increase from January 2003.


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