Opinion polls continue to show that the public supports renewable energy.
According to an exclusive survey of attitudes toward the energy market carried out in April 2014 on behalf of the Guardian, wind power is the most popular source of energy in the UK.
Surveys (PDF 1.96 MB) conducted in April 2014 by the Delaware Sea Grant College Program found that 77% of Atlantic City residents favor an offshore wind energy project.
An April 2014 poll of 600 Ohio voters found that 72% favor renewable energy over traditional power plants. Respondents overwhelmingly favor replacing coal-fired power plants with wind farms and solar arrays and requiring utilities to help customers use less electricity.
A November 2013 study by the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, Public Support for Climate & Energy Policies (PDF 5 MB), shows that majorities of Democrats and Republicans support several climate and energy policies; for example, funding more research into renewable energy sources (84% and 60% respectively), regulating CO2 as a pollutant (85% and 55%), and eliminating all subsidies for the fossil fuel industry (67% and 52%).
The American Sustainable Business Council conducted a poll (PDF 857 KB) of small business owners in June 2013, revealing that regardless of party affiliation, they support safe, cleaner, more efficient and renewable energy.
Almost 64% of people in Wales support the development of wind power as part of a mix of renewable and conventional energy, according to the findings of a YouGov poll.
May 2013: A survey (PDF) conducted by SRI found that investors are interested in fossil-fuel-free portfolios, with 77 percent predicting growing risks for investors associated with fossil fuel company holdings in their investment portfolios.
March 2013: According to a Gallup poll, two in three Americans want the United States to produce domestic energy using solar power (76%), wind (71%), and natural gas (65%). Only 46% want to emphasize the production of oil and 37% the use of nuclear power.
March 2013: Purdue University studies show that Indiana residents are overwhelmingly receptive to wind farms in their communities.
February 2013: A Washington Post poll finds majority support in Maryland for offshore wind energy.
February 2013: Support for renewables remains strong in North Carolina, another poll indicates.
February 2013: Vermonters continue to support the idea of building wind turbines along the state’s ridgelines, according to a recent poll conducted by the Castleton Polling Institute at Castleton State College.
January 2013: A statewide telephone poll of registered Minnesota voters showed that 84% supported increasing the use of wind to meet the state's future energy needs.
November 2012: Nearly three-fourths of Michigan voters want to see expansion of the state’s use of renewable energy, according to a poll.
November 2012: According to the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, "Nearly all Americans (92%) say the president and the Congress should make developing sources of clean energy a “very high” (31%), “high” (38%), or “medium” priority (23%). Very few say it should be a low priority (8%)."
October 2012: A UK public opinion poll revealed that more than two-thirds of people would rather have a wind turbine than a shale gas well near their home. Asked to choose between having the two energy sources within two miles of their home, 67% of respondents favored a turbine, compared to just 11% who would support the gas development.
January 2012: Nearly two-thirds of Maryland voters favor developing offshore wind even if it would raise their utility bills by $2 a month, according to a poll conducted by OpinionWorks of Annapolis.
April 2010: A poll found a strong majority of Nebraska voters (79%) favors requiring electric utilities to use renewable energy sources for at least 20% of the electricity they generate.