The results of a new poll show strong, bipartisan public support for increasing wind farm development, construction and manufacturing in Pennsylvania, the American Wind Energy Association reports.
The poll, conducted by Susquehanna Polling and Research Inc. with a 800-person sample of 43% Republicans, 48% Democrats and 9% Independent Pennsylvania voters found the following:
- 85% of voters think it is important for Pennsylvania to support continued expansion of wind farms, and 58% of voters strongly support the development of wind farms in Pennsylvania;
- 11% of voters would be less likely to support cleaner sources of energy if it cost an extra $2 per month; 58% acknowledged that a $2 more per month had no impact on their support for clean energy; and 28% see a $2 increase for clean energy as an acceptable and worthwhile cost that would make them more likely to support clean energy resources; and
- 71% of Pennsylvania voters want the U.S. Congress to support a renewable electricity standard (RES) of 15% by 2021, and 19% of voters do not support a 15% federal RES.
The statewide poll was conducted Oct. 24-27, and the margin of error is +/-3.46% at the 95% confidence level.