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Ohioans Overwhelmingly Support Clean Energy

Ohio Environmental Council, January 25, 2014

Columbus, OH (April 11, 2012) – Ohioans are surging in support of clean energy and energy efficiency, a recent poll shows.

According to a telephone interview of 400 Ohio voters, two-thirds believe the use of clean, renewable energy should be prioritized over fossil fuels to meet energy needs.

The poll, sponsored by a bipartisan research team of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R), was conducted January 9-15, 2012.

In addition, Ohio voters support numerous policies to advance the goal of using more clean and renewable energy, including a requirement that Ohio get 30% of its energy from renewable sources.

“These results validate the need to reevaluate our energy priorities and to continue the massive growth in this renewable field,” states ShanerKaiserBrian Kaiser, Director of Green Jobs and Innovation for the Ohio Environmental Council.

By a wide margin, voters believe that using more clean energy and energy efficiency will create jobs for the region. In fact, a majority of Ohio voters indicates that they would be willing to pay six dollars per month to promote clean energy and energy efficiency.

“We are pleased with the attitudes of voters here in Ohio,” said Kaiser. “They see the economic prosperity that is created through clean and renewable sources, and this is a signal lawmakers can’t ignore,” he continued.

When asked about political candidates, a majority of voters also favored those who will pursue clean energy over candidates who will expand fossil fuel use.

Three in five Ohio voters are less likely to support a candidate who wants to roll back clean energy laws.

Kaiser continued, “It’s the smart route to take for both current and future generations.  If the wind is blowing and the sun is shining, why not utilize these sources, among others, to maintain a healthy environment?”

The results indicate that almost all of these sentiments cut across partisan, gender, and geographic subgroups of the Ohio electorate.

The poll results are timely, as state lawmakers are debating a new energy policy proposed by Governor John Kasich. The Kasich plan includes a mix of fossil fuels and clean energy sources.

POLL METHODOLOGY: From Jan. 9-15, 2012, the bipartisan research team of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) and Public Opinion Strategies (POS) completed 400 telephone interviews with likely voters in Ohio: Data have been statistically weighted to reflect the true geographic distribution of voters across the region. The margin of sampling error for the combined four states is +/-4.1%; margins of error for subgroups within the sample will be larger. Comparisons to 2010 data used identical methodology. Survey was preceded by focus groups in December 2011 with swing in Columbus, OH.