AMERICANS GRADE THE GOVERNMENT AVERAGELY ON ENERGY COST AFFORDABILITY
Among the parties, the plurality gave the government an average ‘C’ on keeping energy costs affordable. The Democrats’ grading is skewed right, meaning they were more likely to grade the government higher. Conversely, the Republicans’ grading is skewed left and trended more towards lower grades.
Rural respondents were more likely to grade the government harshly, with 22 percent of those who were rural failing our government on energy cost affordability, which was nearly 10 percentage points above other demographics. The urban population graded the government the highest, with 33 percent giving them a ‘B’ or above.
SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS GARNER WIDEST APPROVAL
Approval rates of governmental institutions were extremely distributed along party lines. Democrats in Congress and the Obama Administration were highest approved by Democrats, while Republicans in Congress and the Tea Party were highest approved by Republicans. The scientific community had widespread approval at more than 60 percent from all parties, and environmental groups’ approval was nearly 50 percent and above from all parties as well.
When looking at different age groups, consistent trends of approval arose for every institution. As age increased, approval of institutions decreased. This was true of every institution in the survey, except for Republicans in Congress. Again, the scientific community was the most highly approved from each age group, with 80, 72, and 67 percent of those aged 18-29, 30-44, and 45-64, respectively.
This poll was conducted from April 24-27, 2014, among a national sample of 2,045 registered voters. The interviews were conducted online by Survey Sampling International, Inc. The data were weighted to approximate a target sample of registered voters based on age, race/ethnicity, gender, educational attainment, region, annual household income, home ownership status and marital status. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.
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