EAST LANSING – Nearly three-fourths of Michigan voters want to see expansion of the state’s use of renewable energy, according to a new poll released Thursday.
Voters cited the constitutional amendment as the main reason for opposing Proposal 3, which would have increased Michigan’s use of renewable energy to 25 percent by 2025. However, according to the poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, 73 percent of voters support increasing renewable energy in Michigan.
That includes 78 percent of Democrats, 76 percent of independents and 65 percent of Republicans.
“Michigan voters know renewable energy creates jobs, helps rein in rising energy costs and improves public health by reducing dangerous pollution in our air and water,” said Mark Fisk, spokesman for Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs. “While they rejected all the ballot proposals, their support for renewable energy is still very strong.”
By an overwhelming 60 – 24 percent margin, voters believe expanding renewable energy will create jobs and grow the economy.
And while opposition groups spent millions of dollars on deceptive ads, voters believe increasing the use of renewable energy will reduce their electricity bills in the long term by a 51 – 36 percent margin.
The poll of 600 Michigan voters was conducted from November 5 – 6 and has a margin of error of +/-4.0 percentage points.
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