For energy wonks, the University of Texas energy poll is sobering. For example, the poll finds that just 40% of Americans are familiar with hydraulic fracturing technology.
Among that 40%, the poll measured a drop in support for hydraulic fracturing from 45% to 38%. The poll, however, also found that 82% want the federal government to focus on developing gas and 89% want it to concentrate on renewable energy.
Not too surprisingly, the poll documents contradictions in popular opinion about energy issues. It is also a reality check for energy wonks and a reminder that most Americans have many other things on their minds.