The Dernogalizer

September 3, 2009

Steady Support for Clean Energy Bill

I think this poll by Politico which looks at how the public in swing states feels about the American Clean Energy and Security Act is very revealing in how much popular support the measure has.  Notable excerpts below.

“In a poll obtained by POLITICO of likely 2010 voters in 16 states, many of them home to targeted senators, 63 percent of those sampled said they supported the energy bill while only 30 percent said they opposed the measure.

Further, 60 percent of respondents said they would be more likely to vote for their senator if he or she supported the bill while just 26 percent said they’d be less inclined to re-elect their senator for backing the “American Clean Energy and Security Act.”

“Respondents were best persuaded by an America-first national security argument – the notion that “over-reliance on oil from hostile nations hurts economy, helps enemies, and puts security at risk.”

Also effective in selling the bill was portraying the opposition as villains — special interests like “big oil” who are making the country less secure by opposing energy reform.”

“It was conducted in Alaska, Arkansas, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Nevada, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia”


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