Conservative Energy Network post-election polling shows conservatives/Trump voters support ramping up clean energy to drive economic growth and job creation.
WASHINGTON— In newly released polling conducted after the election, more than 80 percent of voters surveyed indicated it is important for elected officials to share their views on energy, and 88 percent said they would likely oppose a candidate who does not support development and use of clean energy sources. Conservatives in particular expressed strong support for acceleration of clean energy, particularly when such development improves the economy and creates jobs.
“Clean energy provides a critical path toward growing state economies and job creation, especially in innovation-driven states,” said Mark Pischea, executive director of the Conservative Energy Network (CEN), which supports and connects state-based conservative clean energy and energy efficiency organizations across the U.S. “Conservatives and Trump voters alike recognize our nation’s inevitable transition to clean energy, and want to ensure that our nation gets the national security, economic development and jobs benefit to moving more fully toward an ‘all of the above’ approach.”
Glen Bolger of Public Opinion Strategies, one of the nation’s top GOP polling firms, conducted the polling and unveiled this new data, which shows that a majority of voters find value in national and statewide policies that encourage the generation and use of electricity from renewable and clean energy sources.
“A majority of voters get the importance of encouraging our nation’s clean energy transition – even if many politicians do not,” said Bolger. “Energy efficiency is the obvious low hanging fruit, but we also found overwhelming support for renewable energy projects such as community solar and policies like net metering.”
“It is time for conservatives to reject the false label that we are anti-environment or anti-renewables,” said John Karakoulakis of the Western Way, a regional organization that urges conservative leaders in western states to engage on environmental and energy challenges to deliver efficient, pro-market solutions. “We need to embrace policies that strike the right balance between the need for clean air and water and the preservation of our public lands, with investment in energy generation that also improves local economies.”
“A majority of conservatives polled, and even Trump voters, overwhelmingly agreed that states should pursue ‘all of the above’ energy strategies that reduce dependence on fossil fuels and increase electricity generation from renewable sources,” said Mark Fleming, Executive Director of North Carolina Conservatives for Clean Energy. “Additionally, voters prefer policies that accelerate development of clean energy and position their states to compete for jobs and investment.”
Other significant findings from the survey include:
Seventy percent of voters surveyed think the U.S. should put more emphasis on wind production and 76 percent support increased solar production.
Likewise, more than half those polled think the U.S. should put less emphasis on coal.
Republican, Democrat and Independent voters all demonstrate strong support for adoption of an energy optimization standard in their state, under which utilities are required to help customers reduce energy consumption through energy efficiency programs and products.
“The bottom line is, rank and file Republican support for clean energy policies at the state level is growing,” said Mike Franklin, consultant to the Minnesota Conservative Energy Forum. “Clean energy represents an opportunity for the GOP to build a bridge to key independent voters such as millennials, college educated and minorities that are critical to the Party’s ability to win elections in the future.”
Pischea added, “The Conservative Energy Network brings together conservatives from all backgrounds to amplify the message that the party of Roosevelt and Reagan has an opportunity to help position the U.S. to dominate the world’s clean energy economy by building support for policies that diversify the nation’s energy portfolio, drive innovation and entrepreneurship, save consumers money, and empowers all Americans with the freedom to determine their own energy futures.”
The poll surveyed 1000 voters across the country from November 10-13. The margin of error is +/- 3.1%.