2018 Post-election Survey: Attitudes Toward Clean Energy

68% of voters say that the issue of clean energy was important to their vote in 2018 — and 76% say it is important to them that a candidate for political office share their opinion on clean energy issues. Thinking ahead to future elections, 81% would vote for a candidate who supports clean energy development like wind and solar. Majorities of voters want the United States to put more emphasis on producing domestic energy from  renewable sources — especially solar (74%), wind (64%), and hydro-power

81% of voters support government action to accelerate the development and use of clean energy in the United States, including 67% of Republicans, 76% of Independents, and 95% of Democrats. Suburban women (85%) are the most supportive of government action to accelerate the use of clean energy in the U.S. A majority (63%) prefer the free market and businesses to increase clean energy production, vs. 31% who favor government mandates and quotas

Voters are most in favor of policies that support “Community renewable projects like solar that enable consumers to share the benefits and save money on their bills” (88% favor);  “allow more electric utility competition which would give people the choice of what companies they buy their power from” (87% favor); and upgrade energy efficiency “to reduce the amount of power we need to generate and purchase” (87%). 

A message that discusses clean energy companies being allowed access to the same financing options as traditional energy companies resonates the most with voters in generating and assessing support for net metering policies.