According to the new poll by Public Opinion Strategy, the independent voters in Key swing states which are the most influential of influential voting sectors will more likely support a Republican Candidate who shows full vocal support for Solar energy.
When the question of the impact of a Republican candidate who show vocal support for an increase in residential solar energy option, over a quarter of independent voters who are very hard to impress said they will most likely throw their weight in support of the candidate. Going by the polls, the democratic candidates are still ahead of their republican counterpart. “Independent swing state voters may pick the next President. This poll shows solar energy is a key issue that could motivate them in November. In a particularly contentious election cycle, both parties should pay attention to any issue that can move this critical voting bloc.” said by Tyson Grainstead who is the spokesperson for The Alliance for Solar Choice and former political director for South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.
Swing states which are independents of all demographic types’ partisan, ideological, geographic, gender, and other groups would almost unanimously like to see solar energy on the increase. 89% of respondents thought America could benefit from new jobs created by the growing solar industry in their state. About 9 out of 10 respondents (88%) think that the opportunity for homeowners to adopt solar energy is an important part of providing choice and competition in the American electricity market and over three quarter which is about 77% of independent voters agreed that a growing solar power market in America will help keep electricity rates down for consumers. Only 7% of the swing state independents opposed an increase in solar use.
It is also interesting that two-thirds of independent voters where in favor of net metering, which allows homeowners, businesses, local school districts, and other organizations to get full retail credit for the extra energy their rooftop solar panels produce. This extra solar energy goes onto the electricity grid for the utility company to sell at the full retail rate to other customers. Only 24% were against it. Net metering is currently been used in 42 states, according to the pollsters. The poll among independents also revealed that both democratic candidates were ahead of Republican candidate Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton got 40% while Donald Trump had 37%. 11% was undecided while 8% didn’t vote. From the previous poll in the last fall, Trump was ahead of Clinton this shows a runaround for the democrats.
The Alliance for Solar Choice commissioned the poll from Public Opinion Strategies. 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.