New Nationwide Poll and Surveys in Five Moderate States Shows Majority Support for Energy Reform, “Clean Energy Refund” Preferred by Republicans

Thu, 22 Apr 2010 15:30:00 GMT

On Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 11:30 am Glen Bolger from Public Opinion Strategies will brief media on his findings from a national survey and a smaller five state survey asking likely voters about potential climate legislation. The state surveys were conducted in Alaska, Florida, Iowa, Idaho, and Virginia.

Joining Glen will be Dr. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former Chief Economist for President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisors, domestic and economic policy advisor to John McCain’s presidential campaign, currently a Commissioner on the Congressionally-chartered Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission; and Dr. Andrew Maguire, former Member of Congress, currently Senior Advisor to Clean Air-Cool Planet, a leading science-based non-partisan NGO engaged in climate policy.

  • Glen Bolger, Public Opinion Strategies
  • Dr. Douglas Holtz-Eakin
  • Andrew Maguire

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Survey highlights include:

  • Based on polling in five states that are politically moderate to conservative, a majority of voters across party lines want to overhaul the nation’s energy system to reduce polluting emissions and increase the use of renewable energy sources.
  • For elected officials looking to address the issue, a clean energy refund has the best potential to attract Republican support.
  • When we tested a description of a specific clean energy refund policy, similar to the Senate CLEAR Act, in a national survey, there is strong support from Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.

Public Opinion Strategies completed a national survey of 800 likely voters on April 11-13, 2010. A question was piggybacked on the national survey, and the results have a margin of error of +3.46 in 95 out of 100 cases.

Earlier, Public Opinion Strategies completed a survey in five states – Alaska, Florida, Iowa, Idaho, and Virginia. The survey was conducted March 17-18, 20-21, 2010 among 200 likely voters in each state, for a total sample of 1,000 likely voters. The overall sample has a margin of error of +3.1% in 95 out of 100 cases, while each state sample has a margin of error of +6.93%.