Energy Dependence Tops U.S. Security Concerns

Energy Dependence Tops U.S. Security Concerns

A new survey from Public Agenda and the publication Foreign Affairs finds U.S. dependence on foreign oil a top national security concern for Americans.

The sixth edition of the Confidence in Foreign Policy Index, which tracks attitudes on over 110 items related to foreign policy, shows about 60 percent of Americans think reducing energy dependence would strengthen national security “a great deal,” replacing improving intelligence operations at the top of the list of strategies for better national security.

“The most important takeaway for leaders is this: The public’s concerns about energy policy aren’t limited to rising gas prices. Americans are connecting energy policy to national security issues in ways that they didn’t just a few years ago,” said Public Agenda Chairman Daniel Yankelovich.

The study was based on telephone interviews with a nationwide sample of more than 1,000 adults between March 18 and April 1.

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