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Polling Data: Support for Solar

Latest Gallup Poll Shows Solar #1 Energy Choice Among Large Majority of Americans

This new nationwide poll shows solar topping the list of domestic energy sources that need greater emphasis. Solar stood out, with 91% of respondents saying the U.S. should place more emphasis, or the same emphasis, on solar development. 

QUESTION: Do you think that as a country, the United States should put more emphasis, less emphasis or about the same emphasis as it does now on producing domestic energy from each of the following sources?

GALLUP Poll March 5-8, 2015
  % More emphasis % Same emphasis % Less emphasis
Solar power 79 12 9
Wind 70 14 14
Natural gas 55 32 12
Oil 41 27 30
Nuclear power 35 28 33
Coal 28 27 43

QUESTION: Do you think that as a country, the United States should put more emphasis, less emphasis or about the same emphasis as it does now on producing domestic energy from each of the following sources?

GALLUP Poll 2015 vs. 2013
  % MORE EMPHASIS 2013 % More emphasis 2015 difference
Solar power 76 79 +3
Wind 71 70 -1
Natural gas 65 55 -10
Oil 46 41 -5
Nuclear power 37 35 -2
Coal 31 28 -3

QUESTION: Do you think that as a country, the United States should put more emphasis, less emphasis or about the same emphasis as it does now on producing domestic energy from each of the following sources?

GALLUP Poll March 5-8, 2015
  % Republicans % Independents % Democrats
Solar power 70 83 82
Wind 63 69 81
Natural gas 66 52 49
Oil 60 38 28
Nuclear power 47 34 24
Coal 40 24 22

(This data was collected for Gallup's annual Environment Poll. The results are based on telephone interviews conducted March 5-8, 2015 with a random sample of –1,025—adults, aged 18+, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. For results based on this sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is ±4 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.)

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