More than 7 in 10 Americans favor expanding the use of natural gas as a source of energy, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center. Some 47 percent support greater use of oil, while 38 percent favor using more coal.

Source: Brian Kennedy, Alison Spencer and Cary Funk, “Natural gas viewed more positively than other fossil fuels across 20 global publics,” Pew Research Center, Oct. 19, 2020,

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Energy Source Percentage Who Favor Greater Use
Natural Gas 72%
Oil 47%
Coal 38%

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