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Survey Finds Independents More Likely To Vote For Republicans Who Support Solar
(PHOENIX) Independent voters in key swing states would be more likely to vote for a Republican candidate who supports solar energy, according to a new poll by Public Opinion Strategies.
90% of Independent voters in these states favor increasing the use of solar energy, while just 7% oppose it.
89% of respondents think America could benefit from new jobs created by the growing solar industry.
88% think the opportunity for homeowners to adopt solar energy is an important part of providing choice and competition in the American electricity market.
Finally 27% of independents surveyed said they would be more likely to vote for a Republican candidate who shows strong support for solar. Only 7% responded less likely. This number is significant because this voting block is not easily swayed.
TUSK. (Tell Utilities Solar won’t be Killed) was formed to stand for energy choice and rooftop solar savings. To learn more about T.U.S.K. visit www.dontkillsolar.com.
TUSK Chairman Barry Goldwater Jr. said, “Independents are a growing voting block and they are crucial in countless races. Rooftop solar provides energy choice and independence. It’s a message that is embraced by conservatives and that message has now reached independents. Republican candidates would be wise to consider these numbers.”
Public Opinion Strategies conducted the survey of 600 independent voters in eleven key swing states: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The Alliance for Solar Choice commissioned the poll.
TUSK believes that rooftop solar is similar to a charter school—it provides a competitive alternative to the monopoly. Monopoly utilities aren’t known for reducing costs or for driving business innovation, but the solar industry is. Solar companies have a track record of aggressive cost reduction. The more people use rooftop solar, the less power they need to buy from the utilities. Energy independence means smaller profits for the utilities, so they are doing everything they can to stop the spread of solar.