For the fourth year in a row, a survey conducted by independent pollster Kelton Research shows that 89% of Americans think it’s important for the U.S. to develop solar.
That’s nothing new. The last three surveys have showed the exact same thing. But this year’s poll comes at a time of severe political backlash against clean energy subsidies after the bankruptcy of solar manufacturer Solyndra.
Even with the rancorous politics around federal investments in clean energy, the poll shows that 82% of Americans think incentives like tax credits are necessary to help build the industry.
Here are some more details.
The poll was conducted on behalf of SCHOTT Solar and the Solar Energy Industries Association.
Kelton pollsters also asked respondents which technologies they would preferably allocate federal subsidies to, with 39% choosing solar over a range of other technologies. The next closest was natural gas, with 21% support. Coal only received 3% support.
After months of political wrangling over federal incentives for solar and other clean energy technologies, the solar industry is working overtime to prove its worth — highlighting strong public support, local economic value, and the “ferocious” cost reductions taking place in the sector.
You can find the survey questions and methodology at SEIA’s website. And a poll wouldn’t be complete without the ever-popular infographic.