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New Poll Shows New Jersey Voters Favor Renewable Energy Over Natural Gas, Says Rethink Energy NJ



FAR HILLS, N.J., Sept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- New Jerseyans of both political parties overwhelmingly support renewable energy like wind and solar, and agree the state should adopt a goal of having 80% of the state's energy come from such sources, according to a new poll released today and conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMindtm for ReThink Energy NJ.

ReThink Energy NJ Campaign to Promote Awareness and Support for Renewable Energy (PRNewsFoto/New Jersey Conservation...)

"While many of our current leaders in Washington deny the threat of climate change and promote fossil fuels, New Jerseyans take a very different view, and want clean, renewable energy, not more polluting fossil fuels," said Tom Gilbert, campaign director, ReThink Energy NJ and New Jersey Conservation Foundation.

"New Jerseyans continue to be very concerned about the potential risks linked to pipeline development and the lack of investment in developing clean energy sources. We need our state leaders to heed this call."

Nearly 90% of those surveyed believe renewable energy is important to the overall health of New Jersey, and nearly 75% are willing to pay $5 to $10 more per month on their energy bills for energy generated from solar and wind.

Not only are New Jerseyans highly supportive of renewables, they are more accurately defining which energy sources really are clean. There was a significant drop from last year in the number of people who consider natural gas, a fossil fuel like coal and oil, to be clean energy, to 41% from 62% in a PublicMindtm survey taken around this time in 2016.

"The overwhelming support for renewables shows that voters clearly know what sources of energy they want more of, and it's not gas," Gilbert said.

Other key poll takeaways include:

The poll also brought out New Jerseyans' deep concerns about gas pipelines:

Climate change continues to be a strong concern among New Jersey voters, with three quarters (76%) "very" or "somewhat" concerned about it. 64% attribute climate change to human activity, more than double the 36% who consider it mostly a natural pattern.

The findings of the poll are consistent with others over the past three years. Support for renewable energy stays strong among all demographic groups, with women, younger voters, and Democrats showing more support than men, older voters, and Republicans.

"New Jerseyans have strong feelings about our environment, and our surveys over the years have proven that to be consistent," said Krista Jenkins, director, Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMindtm.

"The recent devastating weather events such as Hurricane Harvey in Houston, concern with climate change in our state, going from 69% last year to 76% more recently," Jenkins added.

The telephone survey of 705 randomly-selected registered voters was conducted by PublicMindtm for ReThink Energy NJ between August 25 and September 7. To access the full report, click here:

http://rethinkenergynj.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017_RENJ_Annual_Survey_Attitudes_on_Energy_in_New_Jersey.pdf

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