The Dernogalizer

November 9, 2009

PEW Poll: Yes, Americans Want Action!

Filed under: Energy/Climate,National Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 7:22 pm
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There have been plenty of polls on this already, but it’s always nice to reinforce that the government acting to avert catastrophic global warming and transition to a clean energy economy is as popular as ever in America, including some blue collar states, as the latest PEW poll shows.

When asked, “Congress is considering an energy plan that has two key parts. One part would require factories and power companies to reduce their emissions of the carbon pollution that causes global warming by 17% (20% in MO) by the year 2020 and by 80% by the year 2050. The other part would require power companies to generate 15% of their power from clean energy sources like wind and solar by the year 2025. Would you favor/oppose this entire plan?”

  • 75% of voters in Michigan favor.
  • 68% of voters in Ohio favor.
  • 67% of voters in Missouri favor.

Surveys in five congressional districts also found that voters favor elements of the two-part plan to reduce emissions and require use of clean energy sources passed by the House. When asked, “Congress is considering an energy plan that has two key parts. One part would require factories and power companies to reduce their emissions of the carbon pollution that causes global warming by 17% by the year 2020 and by 80% by the year 2050. The other part would require power companies to generate 20% of their power from clean energy sources like wind and solar by the year 2025. Would you favor or oppose this entire plan?”

  • 61% of voters in Florida’s 2nd district support.
  • 69% of voters in New Mexico’s 2nd district support.
  • 63% of voters in Ohio’s 16th district support.
  • 70% of voters in Virginia’s 5th district support.
  • 68% of voters in Washington’s 8th district support.

The surveys of VA-5, OH-16, NM-2 and FL-2 were conducted by The Mellman Group and WA-8 was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies in July, August and September of 2009 with 400 likely 2010 general election voters each. The margin of error was +/- 4.9% overall, higher for subgroups. In the statewide polls, voters were asked if they would support requiring power companies to generate 15% of their power from clean energy sources. This number differs from the 20% that voters in the district polls were presented due to developments with the targets in the Senate legislation.

 

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