These are the results of a Gallup survey conducted in the second week of March. A random sample of 1,022 adults were asked if the country should put more, less or about the same emphasis on producing energy from various sources. Here’s the breakdown on “more”:
As the chart above shows, there was a partisan divide on the question, with Democrats tending to show greater affection for renewables than Republicans and Republicans more of a fondness for fossil fuels. Independents, as is their wont, were in the middle.
Still, even among Republicans renewable power enjoyed majority support, with solar particularly popular at 68 percent.
A year ago, Gallup did an energy poll that showed a more pronounced partisan split opening up among the public — but in that poll, the question more explicitly explored the idea of government spending tax dollars on alternative energy. For instance, when asked if government should spend more money on developing solar and wind power, 84 percent of those identifying themselves as Democrats (or leaning in that direction) said yes, compared to just 51 percent among Republicans and Republican leaners.
On this latest poll, Gallup said the results had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.