Washington Post Poll

This Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone June 14 to 17, 2012, among a random national sample of 1,002 adults, including users of both conventional and cellular phones. Results for the full sample have a 3.5 point error margin. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by PSRAI of Princeton, New Jersey.

*= less than 0.5 percent

1. Compared to 10 or so years ago, do you think the natural environment in the world today is better, worse, or about the same? IF BETTER/WORSE: Is that much better/worse or somewhat better/worse?

           ------- Better ------   ------- Worse -------    About       No
           NET   Much   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Much   the same   opinion
6/17/12    10      3        7      58       29       29       31         2
9/23/07*   12      3        9      55       34       22       32         0
6/14/07    11      4        7      61       39       22       28         0
3/14/06    13      4        9      60       38       22       27         *
*2007 AP-Stanford, 2006 ABC-Stanford

2. Over this period of time, do you think human activity had a mostly (positive) or mostly (negative) effect on the natural environment? Is that a very positive/negative effect or a somewhat positive/negative effect?

           ------ Positive -----   ----- Negative ------     No
           NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Very   opinion
6/17/12    26      7       19      66       38       29       8

3. Thinking ahead to 10 or so years from now, do you think the natural environment in the world will be better, worse, or about the same? IF BETTER/WORSE: Is that much better/worse or somewhat better/worse?

           ------- Better ------   ------- Worse -------    About       No
           NET   Much   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Much   the same   opinion
6/17/12    19      6       14      40       20       20       38         3
9/23/07*   15      5       10      52       31       21       31         2
6/14/07    18      5       13      54       33       21       27         1
3/14/06    21      5       16      55       31       24       23         1
*2007 AP-Stanford, 2006 ABC-Stanford

4. Thinking about the Obama presidency that started in 2009, how much progress do you think has been made in making the United States more energy independent a lot of progress, some progress, no progress, or have things in this area gotten worse under President Obama?

          ---- Progress ----   -- No progress/Worse -     No
          NET   A lot   Some   NET   None   Get worse   opinion
6/17/12   51      8      44    45     23       22          4

Compare to: Newsweek
We're interested in how much progress, if any, you think the country is likely to
make in some different areas under new President Barack Obama. How much progress
do you think will be made in making the United States more energy independent?

          ---- Progress ----   -- No progress/Worse -     No
          NET   A lot   Some   NET   None   Get worse   opinion
12/4/08   77     24      53    20     15        5          3 

5. If Romney had been president since 2009 instead of Obama, do you think the U.S. would have made more progress or less progress toward energy independence, or do you think things would be about the same as they are now?

          More progress   Less progress   About the same   No opinion
6/17/12        20              27              44              9

6. How closely are you following the news about the proposed building of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to Texas: very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely or not at all?

           ------ Closely ------   ----- Not closely -----     No
           NET   Very   Somewhat   NET   Not too    At all   opinion
6/17/12    44     18       26      55      20         35        1
3/11/12*   49     20       29      50      25         25        0
*Gallup

7. From what you know and have read, do you think the U.S. government should or should not approve the building of this pipeline?

          Should   Should not   No opinion
6/17/12     59         18           22 
3/11/12*    57         29           14
*Gallup

8. From what you have heard or read, do you think the Keystone pipeline would or would not (INSERT)? Do you feel that way strongly or somewhat?

a. create a significant number of jobs 

          --------- Would ---------   ------- Would not -------     No
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
6/17/12   83       51         32      10        5          5         8

b. significantly damage the environment

          --------- Would ---------   ------- Would not -------     No
          NET   Strongly   Somewhat   NET   Somewhat   Strongly   opinion
6/17/12   34       14         20      49       22         27        17

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