Polling Results: Americans’ Views on US Fossil Fuel Policy and Clean Energy

A September 2016 poll finds that most Americans—especially millennials—would support a move by President Obama to permanently protect the Arctic and Atlantic oceans by barring future offshore leasing for oil and gas drilling. The public generally opposes expanding oil, gas, and coal development on public waters and lands, and supports protecting the Arctic and Atlantic coasts.  A solid majority would support preventing the expansion of new leases on all public lands and oceans.