Polls in Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, and Virginia show that, despite anti-renewable energy campaign rhetoric, voters still want cleaner energy
Washington, DC—New swing state polls released by the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) and Advanced Energy Economy Ohio Institute (AEE Ohio Institute) show that voters in Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, and Virginia—all of which helped decide the outcome of the election—support clean, secure, and affordable energy. Conducted the day after the election, these surveys demonstrate that American voters understand the benefits of clean energy despite the millions of dollars opponents poured into attacks on the industry.
The polls confirm that energy was an important issue for many voters’ decision for President—on par with foreign policy and more so than abortion. A majority of 2012 voters in these four swing states indicated that energy impacted their vote: 66% in Colorado, 60% in Virginia, 58% in Iowa, and 57% in Ohio.
These same voters want to see cleaner energy encouraged in their state: they ranked solar, wind, and natural gas higher than all other energy sources. And going forward, these swing state voters are significantly more supportive of candidates who advocate shifting to cleaner energy sources (Iowa: 80%, Colorado: 75%, Virginia: 72%, Ohio: 70%). Majorities in all four states support continued government investment in clean energy (Iowa: 77%, Virginia: 76%, Ohio: 75%, Colorado: 72%) and requirements for utilities to increase use of renewable energy (Iowa: 76%, Colorado: 70%, Virginia: 69%, Ohio: 67%).
“Policymakers take note: swing state voters support clean, renewable energy,” said Vice Admiral (ret.) Dennis McGinn, President and CEO of ACORE. “It is long past time to end the vilification of an industry that is creating jobs, attracting private investment, and contributing to our economic recovery. Clean energy is a business, not a political football, and it should be treated as a business.”
These results are proof positive that voters were not swayed by the millions of dollars clean energy opponents poured into attack ads in swing states. “The poll demonstrates that voters saw through opponents’ attacks on our industry; it is time that policymakers do, too,” added McGinn.
“This poll shows that Ohio voters support clean, secure, and affordable energy,” said Michelle Murcia, President of AEE Ohio Institute, which released the poll with ACORE in Ohio. “We look forward to working with our elected officials to build and foster a robust advanced energy economy here in Ohio, and around the country, that will drive innovation and position the United States to be a global energy leader.”
The bipartisan research team of Public Opinion Strategies (R) and Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (D) conducted 400 interviews on Wednesday, November 7th, with voters in Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, and Virginia who cast ballots in Tuesday's Presidential election. Interviews were conducted on landline and wireless phones. The margin of sampling error for the full sample is +/- 4.9%; margins of error for subgroups within the sample will be higher.
To learn more about the poll results, click here: http://bit.ly/QtCkm5
ACORE, a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization, is dedicated to building a secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy. ACORE seeks to advance renewable energy through finance, policy, technology, and market development and is concentrating its member focus in 2012 on National Defense & Security, Power Generation & Infrastructure, and Transportation. Additional information is available at www.acore.org.
About Advanced Energy Economy Ohio:
Advanced Energy Economy Ohio Institute (AEE Ohio Institute), a not-for-profit educational organization that promotes greater public understanding of advanced energy and its economic potential for Ohio. The Institute is dedicated to informing the energy policy debate with well-researched, fact-based data on the advanced energy economy in Ohio and by providing a public forum where state and local leaders can address Ohio’s energy challenges for the future.