Sunday Times poll welcomed by RenewableUK

Jennifer Webber, RenewableUK’s Director of External Affairs unit says that a new poll released by the Sunday Times newspaper has again demonstrated broad support for renewable energy, saying “Poll after poll shows that voters value low carbon technologies such as wind and tidal power.”

The country’s renewable trade association has welcomed the YouGov poll commissioned by the Sunday Times which shows strong backing for financial support for wind and tidal power, with a majority of each of Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and UKIP party voters saying that the Government should continue incentivising the technologies.


The report comes off the back of a slew of similar polls, including a recent study stating that people were prepared to pay more for renewable energy, and a study by Lord Ashcroft showing very little support for upcoming Private Member’s Bills trying to block wind development.

In an emailed statement, RenewableUK noted that overall 65 per cent of people believe that the Government is right to spend money encouraging wind energy technology, with 76 per cent agreeing for tidal power. Comparative figures for other technologies are 40 per cent support for incentivisation for shale gas, 57 per cent for shale gas, and 79 per cent for solar.

Jennifer Webber added that, “this latest poll shows that there’s not a single age group or voting demographic where a majority of people don’t want financial support for wind. It’s clear that for politicians, whether they’re UKIP, Conservative, Liberal Democrat or Labour that further development of our natural wind and marine resources is the way to go.

“With a recent study from Cardiff University showing that over 80 per cent of people are worried about becoming overly dependent on energy from other countries, it’s important that confidence is retained for domestic low carbon producers.

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