History[ edit ] The first known example of an opinion poll was a local straw poll conducted by The Aru Pennsylvanian inshowing Andrew Jackson leading John Quincy Adams by votes to in the contest for the United States Presidency. Since Jackson won the popular vote in that state and the whole country, such straw votes gradually became more popular, but they remained local, usually citywide phenomena. Mailing out millions of postcards and simply counting the returns, The Literary Digest correctly predicted the victories of Warren Harding inCalvin Coolidge inHerbert Hoover inand Franklin Roosevelt in
Those debates coupled with long-standing economic pressures to decrease reliance on other countries for energy needs have raised attention to renewable forms of energy including solar and wind power. Public opinion about energy issues is widely supportive of expanding both solar and wind power but more closely divided when it comes to expanding fossil fuel energies such as coal mining, offshore oil and gas drilling, and hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas.
While there are substantial party and ideological divides over increasing fossil fuel and nuclear energy sources, strong majorities of all party and ideology groups support more solar and wind production.
Most Americans know the U. The United States is producing more energy from fossil fuels and has ticked up production of renewable sources such as wind and solar.
Far smaller shares say the U. Men are more inclined to say the U. Strong public support for more wind and solar, closer divides over nuclear and fossil fuels Large majorities of Americans favor expanding renewable sources to provide energy, but the public is far less supportive of increasing the production of fossil fuels, such as oil and gas, and nuclear energy.
By comparison, the public is more divided over expanding the production of nuclear and fossil fuel energy sources.
Past Pew Research Center surveys on energy issues, using somewhat different question wording and survey methodology, found opinion broadly in keeping with this new survey.
Most Republicans and Democrats favor expanding renewables; there are strong divides over expanding fossil fuels Across the political spectrum, large majorities support expansion of solar panel and wind turbine farms.
Similarly, there is widespread agreement across party and ideological groups in favor of expanding wind energy. Consistent with past Pew Research Center surveysthis new survey finds there are deep political divides over expanding fossil fuel energy sources.
Conservative Republicans stand out from other party and ideology groups in this regard. The political divide over expanding nuclear energy is smaller. As also found in past Pew Research Center surveyswomen are less supportive of expanding nuclear power than men, even after controlling for politics and education.
Men are more closely divided on this issue: Men and women hold more similar views on other energy issues.
Insolar is expected to add more electricity generating capacity than any other energy source in the United States. These figures are similar among homeowners.
Western residents and younger adults are especially likely to say are considering, or have installed, solar panels at home. The key reasons people cite for considering solar are financial followed by concern for the environment. Pew Research Center in asked a related question — whether the amount of energy produced in the United States had been increasing, decreasing or staying the same in recent years.Learn public opinion with free interactive flashcards.
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• Strong public opinion as expressed in polling results. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has a big lead in the race for the Republican nomination for Governor, according to a new FOX 5/Opinion Savvy poll. An opinion poll, often simply referred to as a poll or a survey, is a human research survey of public opinion from a particular sample.
Opinion polls are usually designed to represent the opinions of a population by conducting a series of questions and then extrapolating generalities in ratio or within confidence intervals. About Pew Research Center Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world.
It conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, media content analysis and other empirical social science research.
Opinion Poll and Strong Public Opinion FRQ: Public Opinion Public opinion polls are a way to link the public with elected officials.
Members of Congress often use polls to understand the views of their constituents, but they must also pay attention to other political considerations.