A majority of conservative voters (~58% in 2016 compared to ~39% in 2012) now favor passing legislation that requires America’s energy companies to generate a greater proportion of power from Alternative Energy sources over the next several years. Although natural gas is viewed as an important part of energy policy in the United States, general support for natural gas and fracking has weakened, even among conservatives, likely as a result of increased awareness and campaigns against fracking. 76% of voters support natural gas in 2016 compared to 91% in 2012, and 42% of voters support fracking in 2016 compared to 50% in 2012. Support for expanding biofuels as part of energy production in the United States has grown significantly while support for nuclear energy has decreased since 2012. Conservative voters view nuclear energy and coal as favorable energy sources, while liberals and moderates have decidedly negative views on nuclear energy and coal.
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Solid majorities of Americans would support the Obama administration permanently protecting the Arctic and Atlantic from drilling and preventing the expansion of new leases on public lands and waters. Partisan and generational divides do exist, however, with substantial majorities of independents and Democrats opposed to leasing and millennials appreciably more opposed than seniors. Americans across all parties are exceedingly positive about increasing development of renewables and would like to see this as the country’s energy priority -- 93% of Democrats, 90% or Independents, and 84% of Republicans support expanding development of renewable energy sources. Americans have a host of concerns about continued fossil fuel development, with health issues chief among them. Two in three Americans say we should keep fossil fuels in the ground to help address climate change.