Majority of Americans believe US fossil fuel extraction on land and at sea should be decreased or stay the same, according to survey

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13th November 2019 16:21 - Oil and Gas

Majority of Americans believe US fossil fuel extraction on land and at sea should be decreased or stay the same: A survey conducted by the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation has found that 51% of Americans polled in a nationwide survey believe that the amount of fossil fuel extraction across US public lands should be reduced, with just 13% saying it should increase and almost a third (32%) saying it should stay as it is currently. 

The survey of 1,189 US adults conducted earlier this year also found that when it comes to offshore drilling, the number in favour of a reduction is even greater with 53% saying the amount of fossil fuel extraction allowed in US coastal waters should decrease. Just 14% said it should increase, whilst almost a third (32%) said it should stay the same. 

The research found that amongst Democrats, almost seven in ten (69%) said they would like to see a decrease in the amount of fossil fuels the government permits energy companies to extract, with almost a quarter saying it should 'stay as it is'. Just 4% said that the amount of fossil fuels extracted should be stepped up. 

This is in contrast to the responses of Republicans, with just 20% in support of decreasing fossil fuel extraction. Whilst the majority said they think extraction should be kept at the same level (51%), more than a quarter said it should be increased (28%). 

When it comes to Independents, more than half said drilling for oil and natural gas on public lands should decrease (56%), with almost three in ten saying it should stay as it is (29%) and 14% in support of an increase.



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