WASHINGTON D.C. — A survey released today by the Institute for Energy Research reflects growing sentiments among American voters that more transparency from the federal government is needed. IER President Thomas J. Pyle released the following statement concerning the survey results:

“Rarely do Americans agree on an issue as much as they do on government transparency. The fact that 90 percent of the respondents believe that information used in government decision-making should be made public is very telling. Recent events, including secret email correspondance coming out of the EPA and questionable loan decisions from the Energy Department, have brought to light the lack of transparency that exists in our federal government. The American people want and should have access to information that will enable them to hold government accountable.”

Highlights of the survey:

  • 90% agree that studies and data used to make federal government decisions should be made public.
  • 91% agree that studies and data funded by taxpayers should be made public.
  • 80% believe there are ways to keep personal records that are used in studies confidential and still make conclusions available to the public.

The survey was conducted by MWR Strategies in April 2013 among 800 registered voters nationwide. It has a margin of error of 3.5%.

To see the results of the survey, click here (PDF).


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