Energy: How Willing to Pare?

Will Americans accept stringent energy conservation measures? The answer, according to a study sponsored by the Ford Foundation and conducted in part by the opinion analyst Daniel Yankelovich, is a qualified yes.

The study probed the impact on American attitudes of the fuel shortages caused by the 1973 Arab oil embargo and the subsequent economic recession. In interviews with a smallish but representative sampling of 200 Americans, 79% showed at least some concern about future shortages while 35% were deeply worried about a severe and continuing energy crunch. Nearly two-thirds (62%) said they...

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