The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) wants to know: Which states are behind increased energy efficiency, and by how much? Hot on the heels of a recent poll of Illinois residents, the nonprofit commissioned the same poll in Maine, with similar results, indicating that Mainers are just as fond of saving energy as their neighbors in the Midwest.
This poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling, found that 77 percent of voters in Maine support expanded use of energy efficiency technologies, with 86 percent reporting already having installed energy efficient products in their own homes or businesses. Results indicate an increasing level of public awareness regarding energy efficient lighting as well, with 66 percent in agreement that switching to more efficient lighting is an effective way to reduce energy waste.
In keeping with other polls across the country, the Maine poll showed that 86 percent of Democrats, 78 percent of independents, and 64 percent of Republicans support energy strong efficiency standards – something that Jim Presswood, NRDC federal energy policy director, called “just plain common sense.”
Voters also voiced support for strong energy efficiency standards leadership from Washington, with 67 percent in favor of tougher efficiency standards for appliances, and 66 percent for light bulbs.
The survey, conducted via telephone from August 25 to 28, had a sample size of 880 with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percent.