Monday, December 5, 2016

Results of 2nd Annual Survey of Attitudes on Energy in NJ

Stockton, NJ (November 14, 2016) – ReThink Energy NJ, a campaign dedicated to reducing fossil fuel use and bringing clean, renewable energy to New Jersey, today released the results of a new poll conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™ that shows New Jerseyans continue to very strongly support clean, renewable energy over fossil fuels; want the state to switch more quickly to those sources; and have concerns about harm from pipelines. “We’re proud to stand with hardworking New Jerseyans who want what’s best for their families and their state,” said Tom Gilbert, campaign director, ReThink Energy NJ and New Jersey Conservation Foundation. “It’s time to stop putting utility company profits over the common-sense energy needs of our state. Moving to clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar will create more jobs and healthier communities for our families.”

The five key poll takeaways are:

•         87% believe investing in renewable energy is “very” or “somewhat” important to the overall health of New Jersey, including 96% of Democrats, 83% of Republicans, and 82% of Independents.
•         Given a choice of two opposing statements, nearly two-thirds (61%) believe pipelines threaten New Jersey, and only one third (32%) believe they help, virtually unchanged from the last study.
•         71% say it is more important for the state to invest in clean energy sources than in fossil fuels (20%), with 63% believing the state is developing and adopting renewable energy too slowly.
•         Overall, 75% favor New Jersey’s next Governor moving to the higher goal of sourcing 30% of energy from renewable sources by 2020 and 50% by 2030.
•         68% favor a target of 80% renewable energy in the state by 2050.

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