Voter Attitudes Toward Energy Issues in the Midwest

RE-AMP, a network of organizations across eight Midwestern states, hired a bipartisan research team to conduct interviews in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin to gauge public opinion on key energy issues. The findings show that voters from all demographic groups support energy efficiency and increased use of renewable energy, especially solar power and wind. Voters would rather transition away from fossil fuels by expanding the use of energy efficiency and renewable energy, which they see as a bigger contributor to their economy and a source of new jobs. Seventy-three percent of Wisconsin voters like the idea of requiring that 30% of Wisconsin energy come from renewable sources. Other findings include support for policies to increase clean energy use including making solar power more affordable, increasing investment requirements in energy efficiency, and increasing state government investment in development of clean renewable energy sources. To view the graphic results