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Apr 222010

From Green Right Now Reports

A poll comissioned by the American Wind Energy Association shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans, 89 percent, support the development of more wind power.

A majority of U.S. citizens also want a strong Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) that would set targets and deadlines for getting more of our energy from renewable sources like wind, solar and geothermal power production.

The poll querying 600 likely voters was conducted in late March by two firms, Bennet, Petts & Normington and Public Opinion Strategies.

“Americans understand that an RES will mean new manufacturing jobs, less dependence on imported energy, and more pure, clean, affordable energy for our country,” said AWEA CEO Denise Bode.

The specific findings:

  • 89 percent of American voters — including 84 percent of Republicans, 88 percent of Independents and 93 percent of Democrats polled — believe increasing the amount of energy the nation gets from wind is a good idea.
  • 82 percent of Americans believe the nation’s economy would be stronger or remain the same if we used more renewable energy sources like wind.
  • 77 percent support a national Renewable Electricity Standard.  This support extends across party lines and includes 65% of Republicans, 69% of Independents, 92% of Democrats.
  • 56 percent of Americans disapprove of the job Congress is doing on renewable energy and 67 percent believe Congress is not doing enough to increase renewable energy sources such as wind.