US post-election poll suggests big coal and oil did not achieve election goals

The NRDC Action Fund, an affiliated but separate organization from the Natural Resources Defense Council, has published post-election poll data from key battleground states showing that, despite tens of millions of advertising dollars from the oil, gas, and coal industries and the Republican party attacking Democrats on energy issues, the energy attacks failed to resonate with voters, including voters in Midwestern states where the energy attacks were most heavily focused.

The poll indicates that voters in the key states remain strongly supportive of renewable energy, and government efforts to increase renewable energy use. It also suggests that voters have flatly rejected Republicans’ continued assault on the EPA and pollution controls.

Nearly 2 in 3 US voters, 64 percent, say they have a favorable impression of renewable energy, compared to only 13 percent who say they have an unfavorable impression. This strength of support crosses demographic and partisan lines, with a wide variety of voters giving renewables high marks.

Furthermore, huge majorities favor increasing the United States’ use of wind and solar energy. Voters favor increasing wind power by a 71 – 9 percent margin, and favor increasing solar power by a 78 – 5 percent margin.

More details are available at http://www.nrdcactionfund.org/press-release/battleground-polling-memo.html/

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