The findings – derived from a recent poll of a nationally representative sample of 10,282 US adults – were published by experts at the Pew Research Center in Washington DC. The researchers said: “In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, European countries, including Germany and Italy, have announced plans to end oil and gas exports from Russia, Europe’s largest supplier of energy. Natural gas exports have promised to increase, although large growth in natural gas exports may face challenges, including production timelines and existing pipeline and export terminal capacities.
While logistics may present potential obstacles, it seems unlikely that the proposal to increase gas exports will face partisan opposition.
Survey results indicated that 70 percent of habitual Republican voters and Republican-leaning independents were in favor of the Biden administration’s proposal.
The plan was widely supported by Democrats and Democrat learners, albeit with a small majority of only 55 percent.
In fact, only 37 percent of respondents overall said they opposed expanding natural gas production for export to European countries.
The survey results, the researchers said, “also underscore how the potential impacts unfold on home prices for large stocks of Americans.”
More than two-thirds of respondents (67 percent) said that, when it comes to exporting large quantities of natural gas to Europe, the potential impacts on gas prices in the US should be a major consideration.
This concern was shared by both the pros and cons of the proposed export.
In fact, the team said, “Americans rank prices as a major consideration before other factors, including climate change and the impact on the Russian economy.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, potential climate impacts had more weight on Democrats than Republicans, with 73 percent of the former saying the latter should be such a major consideration, compared to only 24 percent.
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The researchers said: “When asked about specific sources of energy individually, Americans continued to express broad support for the expansion of wind and solar power generation.”
Overall, he explained, 86 percent of Americans are in favor of building more solar farms, while 79 percent are in favor of building wind turbines.
A modest majority of American adults – at 54 percent – appeared in favor of building more nuclear power plants, while 44 percent of respondents were against it.
And while the number of Americans favoring offshore drilling and hydraulic fracturing is up from this time last year, they remain in the minority at 48 and 45 percent, respectively.
The full findings of the study were published on the Pew Research Center website.