Poll reveals voter support for solar energy

Likely voters in the 2012 election cycle support solar energy and would like to see the federal government to do more to foster the growing industry, according to a national poll conducted by Hart Research Associates and commissioned by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

The survey found that 92 percent of likely voters feel that the U.S. should develop and use more solar energy. This support was demonstrated across the political spectrum with 84 percent of Republicans, 95 percent of independents, and 98 percent of Democrats agreeing.

Additionally, 78 percent of survey respondents said the government should provide tax credits and financial incentives to encourage the development and use of solar energy. Two-thirds of swing voters (67 percent) chose solar above any other energy source to receive tax and financial incentives.

The Hart Research poll of 1,206 U.S. voters, including an oversample of swing voters (resulting in 762 swing voter interviews) has a margin of error of ± 2.8 percent. The swing voter sample included only those respondents who did not indicate a strong or consistent partisan voting history. The poll was conducted online Sept. 4 to 9.

For graphs of the results, click here.

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