Survey Reveals Support for Funding Ocean Energy

A recent survey conducted by Opinion Dynamics Corporation shows that nearly half of Americans are not aware of the vast potential of generating electricity from the motion of waves, tides, and currents. However, when asked if the federal government should be funding ocean energy projects, 70% of the 900 registered voters contacted by telephone voiced their support.

When asked to factor in ocean energy’s potential help in reducing America’s dependency on foreign sources of energy, 81% said that they would be more likely to support increased funding. “There is a surprising amount of support for federal funding,” stated Sean O’Neill, Executive Director of the Foundation for Ocean Renewables. “At the same time, it shows we have a lot to do to get the word out that ocean renewables will help us on our path to energy independence.” “I was impressed by how quickly people were able to grasp the concept,” stated Ernest Paicopolos, a principal at Opinion Dynamics. “The level of awareness is actually a little better than I would have guessed. This is a relatively young industry despite the fact that these technologies have been discussed for decades,” he added. “The most striking numbers in this survey are clearly how much people support federal funding.” The survey was conducted March 14 and 15, 2006 and included a random sample of 900 registered voters, nationwide. The results have a +/- 3.3% margin of error at a 95% confidence level.

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