The University of Michigan Energy Survey

The University of Michigan Energy Survey

Energy is one of the major issues that affects the U.S. economy, consumer wellbeing, national security and the environment. The topic has many dimensions and public perceptions of energy are regularly buffeted by events ranging from power outages to oil spills, from volatile prices and fears of shortages to promises of plenty as new energy technologies are developed. Consumers are often surveyed about particular aspects of energy and questions about energy prices are included in general economic surveys. However, no long-running, well-designed survey of attitudes about energy exists to date. The U-M Energy Survey fills that gap. 

Energy Affordability Index: An Overview

July 2016 Affordability Index: How affordable is our energy? Here's what consumers say as of April 2016
April 2016 Affordability Index:
How affordable is our energy? Here's what consumers say as of January 2016
February 2016 Affordability Index: How affordable is our energy? Here's what consumers say as of October 2015
December 2015 Analysis: How much of an increase in home energy and gasoline costs do people think they can afford?
September 2015 Analysis: What if gasoline became unaffordable? Americans say they are most likely to use different form of transportation
June 2015 Analysis: When gas prices fell, most consumers did not change their minds about how much they felt they could pay

March 2015 Analysis: Environment pulls ahead of affordability as Americans' top energy-related concern
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A collaboration between the Energy Institute (UMEI) and Institute for Social Research (ISR), the U-M Energy Survey is a rigorously designed, highly objective survey of Americans' attitudes about energy. It is administered as a quarterly rider added to ISR’s Surveys of Consumers. This world-renowned survey of consumer attitudes (SCA) forms the basis for the Index of Consumer Expectations, which is a component of the Index of Leading Economic Indicators issued monthly by the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

Using a nationally representative sample of U.S. households, the U-M Energy Survey probes consumer attitudes and beliefs about energy at a deep level, independently of particular sources or forms of energy. By eliciting public perceptions regarding key facets of energy including affordability, reliability and environmental impact, it generates valuable research data that will foster well-informed public discussions of energy issues and policy for years to come.

The U-M Energy Survey was first administered in October 2013 and is conducted quarterly.