Both Grist and AWEA cover the recent Michigan ballot initiative to raise the state’s renewable portfolio standard to 25%. It was a promising, important measure…and despite seeing similar renewable energy ballot measures pass in Colorado, Missouri, and Washington, this one failed. The question is, why? » Read the rest of this entry «
It’s no news that renewable energy polls high. Poll after poll shows that when asked, people support renewable energy, and support policies that increase their use.
But how much? The bi-partisan polling team of Lori Weigel (Public Opinions Strategies) and David Metz (FM3) asked voters in five western states an open-ended question:
“If it were up to you, what % of (STATE)’S electricity needs would come from renewable sources like wind and solar power?”
The answer? 65.1 % was the mean.
Study is here (pdf), see question 41, page 35.
People want renewables, and not just a little. A lot.