A new survey released today shows that Americans overwhelmingly support extending tax incentives for clean energy and would change their vote based on the issue.
Leading public opinion research firm Global Strategy Group (GSG) surveyed voters across the country, including in key battleground states and districts, and found that 89% of voters support extending clean energy tax incentives for solar, wind and energy storage. Voters overwhelmingly believe that these tax credits are not only an effective tool to combat climate change, but also benefit the economy and public health.
Support is overwhelming across all demographic and partisan groups, with 95% of Democrats, 86% of Independents and 83% of Republicans in favor. The poll also found that a candidate who supports extending clean energy tax credits sees up to a net 21-point boost relative to the generic ballot when matched against a candidate who opposes an extension.
“These are remarkable results,” said Andrew Baumann, senior VP at Global Strategy Group. “Not only to see such overwhelming cross-partisan consensus at such a polarized time, but to see how many voters would shift their vote based on the issue.”
The findings complement a recent analysis by independent research firm Rhodium Group, which found that a robust clean energy tax package “could represent this Congress’ largest opportunity to advance clean energy and reduce emissions,” and that extending tax credits for solar and wind “could fill up to 25% of the gap between U.S. emissions under current policy and its Paris commitments.”
Analysis conducted by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables similarly found that extending tax incentives for solar and other renewables will create more than 100,000 jobs, generate $87 billion in investment, and eliminate emissions equivalent to those of 93 coal plants.
“This poll highlights the reality that clean energy is a clear political winner,” said Gregory Wetstone, president and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). “Over 80% of Americans from across the political spectrum back clean energy tax incentives, and will support politicians who do the same. It’s another good reason for Congress to include clean energy tax incentives in any must-pass legislation this year.”
“Americans want more clean energy because it just makes sense for our health, for clean air and water, and for the future of the planet,” said Rob Sargent, Environment America’s clean energy program director. “This poll shows why people from every part of the country are demanding swift action to keep up the momentum on renewable energy, energy efficiency and electric cars. We’re counting on legislative leaders to act before they adjourn for the year.”
“This survey finds bipartisan public support for tax policy that injects billions of dollars in investment into the economy and creates tens of thousands of jobs,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association. “The data clearly shows that candidates who take action to encourage improved air quality and address climate change will have a better chance of getting elected regardless of party affiliation.”
News item from the Global Strategy Group