Wait a second, that can’t be right. It isn’t.
But that’s what is suggested by a fascinating new poll about how Americans view their own energy usage. According to a survey released earlier this month by AP and the University of Chicago, just 9% of respondents think that they use “a lot more” or “a little more” energy than other people in their community, while 89% think that they use about the same or less energy.
There’s a precedent for this so-called “illusory superiority” — the tendency that people have to overestimate their positive qualities and ability. For example, 80% of people rate themselves as above-average drivers.
Just one of a bunch of interesting results in the AP/NORC Center Poll on Energy Issues.