69% Say Maintaining Energy Independence More Important Than Banning Fracking

Sixty-nine percent (69%) of voters say maintaining America’s energy independence by producing all the energy it needs is more important than banning fracking and relying upon other nations to provide for our energy needs. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 19% disagree and believe banning fracking is more important. Twelve percent (12%) are not sure.

A majority of every measured demographic group places a higher priority on maintaining America’s energy independence.

The survey also found that just 42% of voters recognize that the United States is currently the world’s largest producer of gas and oil.

Related survey data found that most voters believe keeping energy costs low is more important than reducing reliance upon fossil fuels.

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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from March 11-13, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 194 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.


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