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California Energy Commission Survey

Introduction

A survey of students was conducted at John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento, California, on April 1, 2002. The survey asked questions to understand student’s general knowledge about energy and students’ use of the Internet and the news media.

California had just gone through a long electricity crisis, and the questions focussed on energy and also probed into their remembrance of the State of California’s multi-million dollar "Flex Your Power" energy conservation advertising campaign.

A total of 120 students completed the survey, most of them seniors and most of the on track to attend college. This survey though not statistically accurate for the entire school, does give an indication as to the general energy knowledge of the seniors at John F. Kennedy.


James Waller, Intern
California Energy Commission
Media & Public Communications Office



Question 1

California has just gone through a year where we’ve had problems with energy. Tell us what energy area you think we were having problems with.

Natural Gas

1

Gasoline

4

All of the Above

39

Electricity

51

Answered more than one

2

Question 2

Have you seen, heard, or read an advertisement asking you to "Flex Your Power?"

Yes, on radio

4

None of the Above

5

Don't remember

8

All of the above

27

Yes, on television

52

Chose more than one answer

7

Question 3

If you saw or heard any advertisement, what did they tell you to do?

Turn off the lights when you leave the room

71

Turn off the furnace or air conditioner when you're not home

7

Didn't hear or see any advertisements

7

Save money

2

Turn off the computer when your not using it

0

Take shorter showers

0

Chose more than one answer

12

Question 4

Do you believe your personal efforts to reduce energy use (like turning off the lights) make a difference?

Yes

48

Maybe

27

Not Really

11

No

6

Don't Know

1

 

Question 5

Whose job is it to make sure there are adequate supplies of energy for the state?

Don't Know

30

California Energy Commission

30

Governor

19

California Public Utilities Commission

9

Electricity Oversight Board

2

Legislature

1

California Power Authority

1

Division of Oil or Gas

0

Chose more than one answer

1

 

Question 6

What is the source of your electricity at home?

SMUD - The Sacramento Municipal Utility District

52

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

25

Don't know

10

Northern California Power Authority

0

The Wall Socket

0

Chose more than one answer

5

Question 7

The price of gasoline has gone up recently. Tell us the ONE thing you think caused this increase.

Not enough gasoline (supply and demand)

37

The oil companies want higher profits

22

Increased costs for crude oil

17

Some refineries were not making gasoline

7

Prices always go up this time of year

5

The gasoline station owners want higher profits

2

 

Question 8

How important is energy to you in your daily life?

Very important, can't live without it

59

Important

26

Somewhat important

4

Not important

2

Not important at all, could live without

1

Don't know

0

Question 9

How often do your watch, listen to or read the news?

Daily

50

Two to three times a week

29

Once a week

12

Never

5

Once a month

2

Chose more than one answer

1

Question 10

What media do you watch, listen to or read for the news?

Television

68

Newspaper

9

Radio

8

Internet

6

None

2

Weekly news magazines (Time, Newsweek, etc.)

0

Chose more than one answer

6

Question 11

What television stations or cable channels do you watch for news?

Channel 3 - NBC - KCRA

42

Channel 40 - FOX - KTXL

14

Channel 10 - ABC - KXTV

12

Chose more than one answer

11

Don't Watch TV News

6

Channel 58 - KQCA

5

Channel 13 - CBS - KOVR

3

CNN - Cable News Network

2

MSNBC or CNBC - NBC Cable News

2

Fox Cable News

1

Channel 6 - PBS- KVIE

0

Question 12

If you were assigned a homework assignment about energy, where would you go to get information?

The Internet

79

Call a government agency for info

5

Newspapers

4

The Public Library

4

Books

1

Don’t Know

1

Magazines

0

The School Library

0

Chose more than one answer

6

Question 13

Do you have a computer and Internet access at home?

Computer with Internet access

89

Computer with no Internet access

4

No computer

2

Question 14

If you have Internet access at home, how fast is your connection?

Computer with Internet access

89

Phone Line and Modem 56k bps

40

Don't know

15

Cable Modem

14

DSL

13

Don't have Internet access at home

6

Computer with no Internet access

4

No computer

2

T1 Line

1

Question 15

Tell us your grade.

12th grade

90

11th grade

9

 

Question 16

Are you planning on going to college?

Yes

93

No

2

 

Question 17

Are you male for female?

 

Male

56

Female

43


 


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