With high fuel prices and instability in the Middle East, Americans are increasingly concerned about the nation's energy situation. In January, 58% rated "dealing with the nation's energy problem" a top priority, up from just 47% a year ago and 40% in January of 2003, according to new research and poll analysis from the non-partisan Pew Research Center.

"...Internal conflicts within both parties over the specifics of environmental protection and energy development pose a potential roadblock to consensus on policy alternatives." -- Michael Dimock, Pew Research Center for the People & the Press