New poll shows young are most keen on wind energy

ESRC logoA new poll by Ipsos MORI shows that young people are among the strongest supporters of offshore wind.

According to the survey, commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Economic and Social Research Council, 85% of 16-24 year olds support the development of offshore wind farms.

In comparison, only 47% within this age group are in favour of carbon capture and storage, while 42% support fracking.

The survey shows that younger people are generally more supportive of offshore wind than adults of all ages. 76% of all adults support offshore wind, and 51% were in favour of carbon capture and storage.

Ipsos MORI also asked whether young people think offshore wind has a positive effect on the UK’s economy. 70% said it did (compared to 58% of adults of all ages), whereas only 53% thought that fracking would prove beneficial.

When asked which technology has a positive effect on tackling climate change, 78% of young people cited offshore wind (compared to 60% of adults of all ages), whereas only 25% cited fracking.

 

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