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Pew Research Center has recently conducted a survey which shows that the number of people who give priority to developing alternative energy over fossil fuels is increasing. According to the survey, 65 percent of Americans believe that developing alternative energy sources should be a priority, while 27 percent think that the production of fossil fuel sources should be expanded.

As expected, the views on energy are quite different between political parties. Democrats are far more interested in developing alternative energy than Republicans. The survey shows that 81 percent of Democrats are in favor of expanding the development of alternative energy compared to only 45 percent of Republicans.

The differences in public priorities regarding energy are also seen by age. The majority of respondents between 18 and 49 years old – 73 percent — think that developing alternative sources of energy should be more important, while 22 percent still feel that the production of fossil fuels should be a priority. The gap between these two groups is a lot smaller among the older population. Among those over the age of 50, 55 percent say alternative energy development is more important, while 45 percent think that expanding fossil fuel production is the way to go.

The total percentage of Americans who give priority to developing alternative energy over fossil fuels has slightly increased since December 2014, when 60 percent of people said that we should concentrate more on alternative energy.

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