We have recently seen gas and oil prices skyrocket on the global market, but, how do the rising energy costs affect how Americans prioritize and think?
Well, that was the question behind a recent survey commissioned by the Fairfax County (VA) Economic Development Authority, one of the leading economic development organizations in the US.
700 American adults were asked this question:
The result might surprise. According to the survey Americans wants a solution to the gas crisis more than they want a cure for cancer, heart diseases or other similar medical breakthroughs.
37% of the people who took part in the survey "thought money and resources should be placed into a breakthrough in fuel efficiency or alternative fuels, while 30 percent wanted the effort placed against an advance in medicine."
The environment (climate change) was only ranked on third place with 14%.
Security and defence was ranked shortly after the environment with 10%. Transportation and space exploration each had 3% while telecommunication and media was placed at the bottom with only 2%.
The full survey result can be found below:
- For female respondents, the top investment focus was medical (33%), which was cited foremost by 26% of men.
- More than four in 10 men (43%) said fuel efficiency and alternative fuels should be the highest priority, while only 30% of women placed it on top.
- Forty-six percent of college graduates named fuel efficiency as the number one priority versus 31% for those with high school degrees or less. (The highest priority cited by high school graduates was "medicalâ€ at 36 percent.).
- Respondents in western states cited medical as the utmost priority at 34% versus 33% for fuel efficiency and alternative fuels.
- Older survey participants were more inclined to select fuel efficiency and alternative fuels â€“ 42% for those ages 55 and older versus 37% for those aged 35-54 and 31% for those between the ages of 18-34.
- 44 percent of male respondents said fuel efficiency and alternative fuels should be the highest priority, while only 23 percent of women placed it on top.
- Women chose "medicalâ€ technology as the top investment focus (46%) while men placed medical second on their list (28%) behind fuel efficiency and alternative fuels.
- Survey participants ages 55 to 64 were more inclined to select medical as their top priority (43%), while respondents 65+ selected fuel efficiency and alternative fuels (36%).
- In terms of regions, the South East, Wales and the South West chose fuel efficiency and alternative fuels above all other categories (38 and 39% respectively). The Midlands, North England and Scotland all pinpointed medical as their key issue.