Vast Majority of California Residents Support Renewables: Poll

California residents strongly support quick action to build new power plants in their state, and more than 80 percent favour facilities powered by solar and wind power.

MENLO PARK, California –

Support for Governor Davis’ solution to the current energy situation is mixed, according to survey conducted by Knowledge Networks, using its unique population projectable Web-enabled panel. Residents are split over whether the new law authorizing up to $10 billion to buy electricity and resell it to consumers at cost will solve the immediate energy problem; 44 percent say it is “somewhat likely” to solve the immediate problem but 36 percent say it is unlikely to solve the problem. Only 18 percent say the law will solve California’s long-term energy problems.

More than 70 percent support quick action to build new power plants, with 81 percent expressing support for more renewable energy facilities and 56 percent strongly supporting the increased use of renewable energy sources.

Comments on the survey indicate that there is increasedo openness to coal and nuclear power plants.

Across the United States, respondents think the electricity supply situation in California is more serious than do residents of the state, with 67 percent of respondents saying the electricity supply situation is serious versus a national average of 84 percent.

California residents are more likely than others in the U.S. to agree with President Bush’s suggestion that federal air quality standards be relaxed to allow some closed energy plants to reopen. Half of the California respondents support this alternative compared with 30 percent across the country.

The survey polled 452 California homes in early February, and claims a margin of error of +/- 4.6 percentage points.

Knowledge Networks’ uses a marketing information system to provide continuing insights on consumer opinions, attitudes, activities and behavior. It combines traditional statistically valid probability sampling with Web technologies to create a panel that is representative of the U.S. population.

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