Republicans and Democrats are overwhelmingly divided on energy issues, according to a new survey.
Majorities in both parties say energy is an important issue, but are divided on the causes of the country’s energy problems and possible solutions. While Republicans tend to push for more oil drilling, Democrats are more inclined to back conservation and alternative energy sources like wind and solar power.
75 percent of Democrats feel that industry does not do enough to support clean energy; 43 percent of Republicans believe that. In contrast, three-quarters of Republicans in the poll cite government limits on drilling as a major reason for energy problems.
Majorities in both parties – 81 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of Republicans – supported programs to help consumers make more energy-efficient choices.
Paul Bledoe, a senior adviser with the Bipartisan Policy Center and a former Clinton White House aide, said the results provide an unsettling snapshot of a partisan rift. The poll illuminates one driver of the divisive political rhetoric in this season’s presidential race.