Support for renewable energy among UK residents has climbed yet again to hit 85 per cent, its highest level since the government first began recording attitudes towards energy and climate change issues five years ago. According to the latest survey results released today there has been a clear uptick in support for renewables from the previous quarterly survey, which demonstrated overall support of 79 per cent. Support for solar and offshore wind also reached record highs in today’s update, hitting 87 per cent and 83 per cent respectively. Meanwhile, support for other renewables technologies also remained high: 81 per cent voiced support for wave and tidal energy, 76 per cent backed onshore wind, and 69 per cent were in favour of biomass. Analysis by climate campaign group 10:10 suggests public opposition to onshore wind is strongly correlated with climate scepticism, with hostility to the technology concentrated among the over 65s. Onhsore wind is currently barred from competing in future subsidy auctions, although the government has indicated it is reconsidering its stance for projects outside of England. Elsewhere in the results, support for nuclear remained relatively stable on 38 per cent compared to 22 per cent opposed, while public opinion on shale gas barely moved with 18 per cent in favour and 32 per cent opposed.
Business Green 26th April 2018 read more »
Bright Blue polling on the attitudes of younger voters, a group of voters among whom the Conservative Party performed poorly at the last election and to whom they need to appeal in order to regain their parliamentary majority. Our research, published in September 2017, found that climate change is the top issue 18-28 year olds want to hear senior politicians discuss more and the second top issue for under 40s after health. It also found that 83% of under 40s would be proud of voting for a party that adopted the policy of generating more electricity from renewables like wind and solar, the most popular of the nine policies we tested that are commonly associated with younger voters. Previous Bright Blue research found that most Conservative voters are concerned about the impacts of climate change and support various policies to address it. The aim of this new polling analysis is to better understand public attitudes to climate change, ten years since the UK’s world-leading Climate Change Act 2008 was passed, in order to assess the appropriateness of the UK’s current climate change targets and to inform future policymaking about climate change. This analysis will feed in to Bright Blue’s forthcoming research report on strengthening the Climate Change Act. Our previous research into the political attitudes of younger voters unearthed the salience of climate change relative to other issues that are commonly associated with younger voters. In particular, this research will analyse the attitudes of younger voters towards action on climate change in greater detail.
Bright Blue 17th April 2018 read more »