According to a March 2013 American Gallup poll, two in three Americans want the United States to produce domestic energy using solar power (76%), wind (71%), and natural gas (65%). Only 46% want to emphasize the production of oil and 37% the use of nuclear power.
From February to May of this year (2013), community groups associated with the 100% Renewable Energycampaign conducted over 14,000 face-to-face conversations at people's doors, in their lounge rooms, at markets and community events and on the sidelines of football matches. Conversations took place from Bega to Bunbury and Cairns to Hobart.
The sheer number of people we spoke to eclipsed any of the focus groups or randomised polls that are traditionally used to gauge the public mood.
The support we found for renewable energy was overwhelming. The people we spoke to support renewable energy and they want to see politicians get on with the job of bringing it online.
Some 91per cent of participants thought that the government should be implementing strong policy to support new jobs and investment in renewable energy while 86 per cent of participants thought Australia should develop a plan to move to 100 per cent renewable energy.
Another finding was that 90 per cent of the people we spoke to thought we should be installing more renewable energy to counter rising energy prices.
Neil Barrett of Takone Projects recently released a short video, The way the wind blows, in which he interviews 15 hosts and some of their neighbours from the central Victorian district near the town of Waubra who tell what it’s like to live surrounded by large turbines. Barrett has been researching the Waubra situation over the past year. Whilst his attempts to understand the issues raised by complainants are on-going, it has become clear to him that the apparent good health and well-being of the great majority of the community deserves to be more widely known. Follow the link above to view the video for yourself.
Adam Vaughan, theguardian.com, April 2012
Overall, 66% of Britons were in favour and just 8% against when asked: "to what extent are you in favour of or opposed to the use of wind power in the UK" in the Ipsos Mori poll, commissioned by wind trade body RenewableUK.
The figures show a slightly higher enthusiasm for wind power than a Guardian poll in March, which revealed 60% of people were in favour of wind. The discrepancy could be partly explained by the framing of the questions, with the Guardian research asking if people were in favour of windfarms near their homes.
Maria McCaffery, chief executive of RenewableUK, said: "It's clear that the majority of those surveyed are supportive of energy from wind – strongly indicated from our survey results. Wind is an abundant, clean, secure and affordable energy source. It is therefore not only undemocratic to allow the vocal anti-wind minority to derail the UK's plans for renewable energy, but also damaging to our economy, undermining investment and jobs that will help to rebuild communities across the country and put the UK on a path to future economic prosperity."
In the NSW Dept of Environment, Climate Change and Water study (Dec 2010), residents were asked whether they supported or opposed wind farms - in NSW: in their local region: 10 km : and 1-2 km from their residence. The large majority of residents indicated they would support wind farms being built both in NSW (85%) as well as in their local region (80%). The results were very similar to the regional 'control' group.
Residents were also very supportive of wind farms being built in the vicinity of their residence. Over three quarters (79%) supported wind farms at 10 kilometres, suggesting that the 'local region' is broadly equivalent to this distance. Support dropped, although still held by the majority of residents (60%), when considering a wind farm being built 1-2 kilometres from their residence.
Residents opposing wind farms being built 1-2 kilometres from their residence were much more likely to raise concerns about noise and the impact on the landscape, than residents supporting wind farms. Those opposing were also much less likely to suggest benefits of wind farms, such as reducing pollution and improving the community and economy. Nevertheless, the majority of those opposing still offered an overall benefit of wind farms in the local region.