Midwest poll shows broad support for jobs in clean, renewable energy

From press release

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Midwest voters overwhelmingly believe unemployment is a serious issue in their state, and three in five believe clean, renewable energy will generate jobs, according to the results from a bipartisan poll of 2,400 voters across the Midwest.

Voters of Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin were asked if increasing the use of clean, renewable energy in the Midwest will create, cost, or not affect jobs. Sixty percent replied that they thought renewable energy use would create new jobs, 19 percent thought there would be no effect on new jobs, while only 11 percent thought clean energy would cost jobs.

The comprehensive poll also shows that Midwest voters widely favor increasing their state’s use of electricity from renewable sources and natural gas. Wind was supported by 87 percent and opposed by 11 percent. Solar was supported  88 percent to 9 percent. Natural gas came in at 86 percent to 11 percent. By contrast, support for nuclear power and coal was much more mixed, with 57 percent favoring to 34 percent opposing, and 55 percent favoring to 39 percent opposing, respectively.

From February 17-23, 2010, the bipartisan research team of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) and Public Opinion Strategies (POS) completed 2,400 telephone interviews with likely voters in the Midwest: 400 each in the states of Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. The margin of sampling error for the combined six states is +/-2.5 percent at the 95 percent confidence interval.

Energy efficiency in vehicles and by utilities, businesses and residents ranked high with 79 percent of voters voicing support for encouraging manufacture and use of fuel-efficient, hybrid and electric cars; and 77 percent favoring policy that would require utilities to work with businesses and residents to increase their energy efficiency by 2 percent per year.

This public opinion research was spearheaded by the Minnesota Environmental Partnership with assistance by Clean Wisconsin, Environment Illinois, Iowa Environmental Council, Michigan Environmental Council, and the Ohio Environmental Council.

For more poll results, go to www.2010CleanEnergy.org.

From the May 5-11, 2010 issue

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