A national poll of U.S. homeowners commissioned by Clean Edge Inc. and SolarCity says that 74% of those surveyed favor continuing federal tax incentives that support the growth of the solar and wind industries.
The survey, conducted by Zogby Analytics, finds strong support for the incentives on a bipartisan basis, with 82% of Democrats, 67% of Republicans and 72% of independents expressing such support.
Nearly nine in 10 respondents said renewable energy was important in the U.S. When homeowners were asked to pick which specific energy sources were most important to the nation's future, solar (50%) and wind (42%) led the rankings, followed by natural gas (33%).
Additional findings in the report include the following:
– Cost savings trump environmental concerns, with "saving money" (82%) topping the list as the primary reason for purchasing cleantech products and services;
– When making investment decisions, a majority of homeowners say that they consider the social and environmental impact of their investments (52%); and
– Support for natural gas and nuclear energy sources decline significantly with younger respondents.
‘There's a misconception that the nation is divided on its attitudes toward clean energy, but our research shows this to be false,’ says Ron Pernick, managing director of Clean Edge and the report's lead author. "There is broad support for renewables across the political spectrum.’
1,400 U.S. homeowners participated in the survey. Respondents were randomly selected to answer questions about renewables, energy efficiency, clean transportation, green investing, conventional energy sources, electric utilities and other related topics. All interviews were completed in late January 2014. The margin of error for the survey is +/- 2.7 percentage points.
The report, ‘U.S. Homeowners on Clean Energy: A National Survey,’ is available for download here.