According to a recent poll conducted by the Opinion Research Corp. (ORC) for the Newton, Mass.-based nonprofit Civil Society Institute, 93% of Massachusetts residents – including 78% of those who live on the Cape and on the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard – agree that the state should be ‘a national leader in using cleaner and renewable energy on a large scale by moving ahead with offshore wind power’ and other clean energy initiatives.Â
Another major finding was that 78% of residents support wind as the best energy resource to provide electricity to Cape Cod and the islands. Sixty-one percent of Cape/islands residents endorse wind, ORC adds. Wind energy is supported by 74% of Republicans, 81% of Democrats and 78% of Independents.
Furthermore, three out of four state residents claim they are ‘aware of the public discussion about Cape Wind, the offshore wind farm proposed for Nantucket Sound,’ while 24% said they had no awareness. Among the Cape/islands portion of the respondents, 93% are aware of Cape Wind discussion, says ORC.