NEW POLLING: Majority Supports Transition From Oil to Renewable Energy
Washington, D.C. — Nearly 60 percent of voters support efforts to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, according to a poll conducted in the last 24 hours by Morning Consult/Politico.
Support for an oil-to-renewable transition is highest among Democrats (73% support) and independents (52% support), but more than 40% of Republican voters say they back the move to phase out the United States’ dependence on fossil fuels.
A recent New York Times/Siena College poll found that 66% of voters support Biden’s $2 trillion clean energy plan, compared to only 26% that oppose it. Even in battleground states, voters recognize that continuing to subsidize oil and gas companies with billions in taxpayer money while companies like Chevron pay nothing in federal income tax, all while they pollute and fuel climate change, is not efficient policy.
In Pennsylvania, polling has shown that 83% of voters believe that climate change is a serious problem and are eager for candidates to embrace bold climate action. Voters in the Keystone State also support investments in clean energy rather than subsidies and tax breaks for oil and gas companies by a 20-point margin and 74% support transitioning the country to 100% clean electricity by 2035.
Clean energy is the fastest growing industry in America, and clean energy jobs pay well above the national average, have good benefits, and can’t be outsourced to other countries, and economists say that investing in bold climate and clean energy policies would create 10 million more high-quality jobs.
The Oct. 23 Morning Consult/Politico poll surveyed 1,848 registered voters.