Among American adults, 85% support increased reliance on wind power according to new data from the Pew Research Center. That includes 91% of Democrats and those who lean Democratic, and 79% of Republicans and those who lean Republican. Such cross-cutting support for renewables stands in contrast to other forms of energy.
What’s really fascinating, however, is the breakdown in support for wind by age. When examining millennial preference for wind, the small partisan gap that exists for the overall population virtually disappears: 87% of Republican millennials support growing wind, compared to 91% of Democrats at any age.
Another recent poll, by the American Conservation Coalition (a college republican clean energy group) and the Conservative Energy Network, found 79% of millennials “felt that a pro-clean energy candidate cares more about their family’s future.” Likewise, millennials favored wind by a 39 point margin in their survey.
So not only do we see widespread support for wind regardless of political leanings, that support is likely to increase in the years. Furthermore, the small partisan gap that exists in overall support for wind may soon disappear entirely.
And none of that should be surprising considering the kinds of benefits that wind brings to communities across the country: