An independent opinion poll commissioned by the Mail on Sunday by the company Survation showed today that 70% of people surveyed backed wind farms being built near them. Asked the question “Which of the following statements is closest to your opinion: (a) I would be happy to have a wind farm built in my local area (b) I would not be happy to have a wind farm built in my local area”, 70.1% of respondent plumped for the first option, with 29.9% saying they wouldn’t be happy. There was a clear majority in favour across the political spectrum with 60.8% of those intending to vote Conservative, 74.6% of Labour voters, 81.1% of Liberal Democrat voters, and 57.8% of those intending to vote for UKIP saying they would be happy to see wind farms near them.
The Mail on Sunday poll also asked, if forced to choose between fracking and wind farms in their local area which would you support, which saw 31.9% back a fracking plant and 68.1% say they would choose wind farms. Again more voters of every political persuasion backed wind farms over fracking plants.
Separately a YouGov poll commissioned by the Sunday Times found 51% of people think that, looking at future energy needs, the Government is right to spend money encouraging wind compared to 32% who said that the Government shouldn’t.
Welcoming today’s news RenewableUK’s Director of External Affairs, Jennifer Webber, said: “We’re pleased that a massive 7 in 10 people would welcome a wind farm near them. It goes to show that the loud opposition we sometimes hear just isn’t representative of general people’s views. This vote of support is consistent across age groups, voting intention and region of the country. In other words for politicians no matter which party you represent, or where in the country you are, if you oppose wind you’re out of touch with your voters.
Responding to claims that polls showed voters didn’t back green levies, Webber said: “There’s a lot of confusion about what green levies represent and that makes it difficult for people to know whether they support them or not. What’s clear is when directly asking whether they favour Government spending money into the future encouraging wind, a majority of people say yes. Currently wind adds less than £20 a year to consumer bills, but we’re not taking this support for granted, and the wind industry is going to work hard over the next few years to reduce costs even further, ensuring that we have a clean, secure, affordable energy source which can provide tens of thousands of jobs in areas of the country which need them most”.
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