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.
A collaboration between the Energy Institute (UMEI) and Institute for Social Research (ISR), the U-M Energy Survey provides a ongoing, rigorously designed and nationally representative survey of Americans' attitudes about energy. It is administered out as a quarterly rider appended to ISR’s world-renowned Surveys of Consumers Attitudes (SCA), which forms the basis for the Index of Consumer Expectations that is a widely used component of the Index of Leading Economic Indicators issued monthly by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The U-M Energy Survey probes U.S. consumer attitudes and selected behaviors regarding energy at a deep level, independently of particular sources or forms of energy. It elicits consumer perceptions of underlying energy issues related to affordability, reliability and environmental impacts, and will become an invaluable research tool that fosters well-informed public discussions of energy challenges and energy policy for years to come.
The U-M Energy Survey was first administered in October 2013 and will run quarterly thereafter. Watch this space for results as they become available (expected by spring 2014).