As the latest Rasmussen Reports poll indicates, an oil spill effects more than just those who are directly impacted by it. Rasmussen polled 1,000 Americans on June 16-17 and the results speak volumes:
- 73 percent of adults believe it's at least somewhat important for the country to change its dependency on fossil fuels. 42 percent say it's very important.
- 41 percent say government policies should be enacted to discourage use of fossil fuels and encourage the use of alternative energy.
- 43 percent believe the disastrous oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is at least somewhat likely to change our dependency on fossil fuels in the near future.
- 29 percent of Americans think we will buy less oil from the Middle East in the future.
- 54 percent of women think the Gulf Oil spill will cause America to change its dependency on fossil fuels in the near future, but 61 percent of men say it's unlikely.
[Source: Rasmussen Reports | Image: A Little Lam - C.C. License 2.0]