Investing in renewables ‘top priority’ for energy security irrespective of voting intention, poll finds
Investing in renewables is seen as the top priority for maintaining energy security by nearly half the British population – a view reflected across voters of all four major political parties - according to new polling information conducted by ComRes on behalf of RenewableUK. This follows research published last week that found politicians opposing wind development are a turn off for voters.
The opinion poll research revealed that of those surveyed:
- 48% of people want to prioritise developing renewables, 50% in marginal constituencies;
- Renewables were top priority among voters of the Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems and UKIP, both nationally and in marginal seats;
- Fracking was the top priority for 13% of people, slumping to 8% in marginal.
Methodology: ComRes interviewed 2,065 GB adults online between 20th and 22nd June 2014. Data were weighted to be representative of all GB adults aged 18+. ComRes also interviewed a representative sample of 1,008 GB adults living in the 40 most marginal constituencies where the Conservatives and Labour shared first and second place between them at the last General Election in 2010. Of these 40 constituencies, 25 currently have a Conservative MP and 15 currently have a Labour MP. Each constituency is represented in the sample equally, with results weighted to be representative of all adults in all 40 constituencies as a whole.