Majorities of voters think renewable energy will bring benefits to their communities. More than seven in 10 voters (71%) support policies to require electric utility companies to generate 100% of their electricity from clean energy sources, like solar and wind, by the year 2035, and almost two-thirds (66%) say they would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports such a requirement. More than half of voters (54%) say they would be more likely to vote for candidates who support providing federal financial bailouts to the renewable energy industry, while only three in 10 (30%) say they’d be more likely to vote for candidates who support bailouts for the fossil fuel industry. And more than six in 10 voters (62%) say they would be more likely to support a candidate that backs a multi-trillion-dollar federal economic stimulus that prioritizes investments in clean energy infrastructure.
About seven in 10 voters (71%) also favor full decarbonization of the economy – eliminating fossil fuel emissions from the transportation, electricity, buildings, industry, and agricultural sectors – by 2050, and almost two-thirds (65%) say doing so would have a positive impact on jobs and the economy. Nearly six in 10 (58%) believe doing so would lower their energy bills. By more than a two-to-one ratio, voters support local regulations requiring new homes and buildings be built to run solely on electricity (59%) compared to gas (27%).
The survey was conducted between September 30 and October 1, 2020 with 2,047 registered voters in the United States. The margin of error for this survey is +/- 2.2% at the 95% confidence level.
For more detail on the poll results, please see the poll toplines.
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