Post-Election Poll: 78% Of Voters See Clean Energy As Pathway To Revitalize America's Economy

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A new poll from Zogby International of voters in the 2008
elections shows more than three-quarters of Americans see clean energy as a key
to America is
economic health. The poll shows 78 percent of voters agree that investing in
clean energy is important to revitalizing America’s economy.

The Zogby poll also showed 57 percent of voters said it was
important in how they voted to back candidates who support reducing global
warming pollution. This statistic is an increase from the 2006 elections,
when Zogby first identified that global warming had emerged as an important
electoral issue.

In 2006, 49 percent of voters identified the issue as
important. In addition, 60 percent agreed that elected officials should make
combating global warming a “high priority.” The 2008 results also showed
increasing interest among key demographic groups in candidates who support
action on climate change.

“These results show the call for clean energy and climate
action ran deep in this election and reached far beyond political or cultural
boundaries. It is not surprising that so many environmental opponents in Washington lost their
jobs when the votes were tallied,” said Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of
the National Wildlife Federation.

“The call for clean energy solutions to re-power our economy
and cut the pollution that is fueling global warming is coming from swing
voters and people of diverse ethnic backgrounds and young voters. Looking at
age groups, the call for action on global warming is loudest from our newest
generation of voters—the generation that will inherit a planet in peril if we
don’t act now.

“This election was powered by a voting public that wants
dramatic and meaningful change, especially when it comes to action to advance a
clean energy economy,” continued Schweiger. “President-elect Obama and the new
Congress have the public support they need to move an ambitious clean energy
agenda that measures up to the science of global warming and the full economic
potential of our economy.”

The Zogby Interactive survey of 3,357 voters nationwide was
conducted Nov. 5-6, 2008, and carries a margin of error of +/- 1.7 percentage points.
The survey was commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation.

Read the full poll results at Zogby Newswire.

Published: November 17, 2008