Thursday, October 4, 2012

American Voters Want More Renewable Energy

As reviewed in a Huffington Post article, Americans want more renewable energy whether they support Obama, Romney or are undecided. On the issue of global warming, the 7 percent of voters who are undecided tend to be more like Obama supporters than Romney supporters. Undecided voters tend to believe in anthropogenic climate change and support renewable energy.

Sixty-one percent of the undecided voters said they see global warming as an "important issue" they'll consider when making their choice. Seventy-five percent of Obama supporters said the same, while only 32 percent of likely Romney supporters see global warming as an important issue.
A total of 80 percent of undecided voters believe the Earth is warming, compared with 86 percent of Obama voters. Only 45 percent of Romney voters accept that global warming is happening.

Similarly, 65 percent of both undecideds and likely Obama voters say that global warming is driven by human activities, while only 27 percent of Romney voters agree. And 64 percent of undecideds and 61 percent of Obama voters think the president should do more to combat climate change. Only 35 percent of likely Romney voters think the president should do more about global warming, and 47 percent say he should do less.

Unsurprisingly, only 38 percent of Romney voters say the US should decrease fossil fuel use in the future while 55 percent of undecided voters and 65 percent of likely Obama supporters support that view.

Despite these disagreements on climate change and fossil fuels, the survey finds that Americans are in broad agreement on the subject of renewable energy. Even though Romney supporters tend to dispute anthropogenic climate change, 73 percent of them say the US should use more renewable energy sources. This is in the same ballpark as the 85 percent of Obama supporters, 83 percent of undecideds who support more renewable energy.

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