New polling data has shown that public support for wind energy in the United States has continued to grow, with 70% of registered voters having a favorable impression of wind energy.
The news comes courtesy of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), which commissioned market and survey research firm SSRS to conduct a mixed-question omnibus poll to more than 1,000 respondents, which revealed 70% of registered voters across the country have a favorable impression of wind energy. The results of this new poll continue the trend of recent polls revealing the general favorability of wind energy in the US, which has grown alongside the growth of the industry itself.
“Candidates running for office on both sides of the aisle in this important election year should take note: The more wind farms we build, the stronger support from US voters grows,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA. “As wind power has more than tripled over the last eight years, so have its economic and environmental benefits. Wind technician is the fastest growing job in the US, and the billions of dollars of investment in local economies have revitalized many rural communities.”
Other polls conducted over the past few months have similarly demonstrated wind’s increasing popularity. The AWEA pointed to two specific polls: a poll of voters in Iowa’s Third Congressional District conducted by WPA Opinion Research for the advocacy group American Wind Action, which showed 91% of respondents support wind energy; and a poll by the Texas Clean Energy Coalition which revealed that 85% of registered Texas voters, including 78% positive response from Republican voters, support increasing clean energy like wind power.
“Highly favorable poll results in Iowa and Texas are particularly compelling,” said John Kostyack, Executive Director of the Wind Energy Foundation. “They show that the more wind power installed, the greater the demand for additional development. That should come as no surprise: farmers, ranchers and communities in states like these have long enjoyed the economic benefits of wind power development.”