Poll: Wisconsin voters support increased use of renewable energy

A strong majority of state voters favor greater use of renewable energy while also supporting government policies that would encourage the use of cleaner, more sustainable energy sources, according to a bipartisan poll conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and Franklin, Maslin, Maullin, Metz, and Associates.

The poll, which sampled 400 Wisconsin voters and has a margin of error of +/- 4.9%, found that 88% of Wisconsinites support an increase in the use of solar energy, 84% support increasing the use of biomass, and 83% support increasing the use of wind power.

In addition, 84% of state voters believe carbon pollution should be limited at power plants, while 73% would like to see Wisconsin’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (the portion of energy production that must come from renewable sources) increased from 10% to 30%.

The poll was conducted from July 26-Aug. 3.