New poll shows half of UK voters would welcome wind farms, but most still worried about energy prices

Scottish Power Renewables' Harestones wind farm, DumfriesshireWind power is the most popular source of energy in the UK, according to survey carried out on behalf of The Guardian.

The survey of more than 2,000 people across incomes and political allegiances revealed that wind farms would be the most welcomed form of power source, as plans are made to develop new energy capacity in the UK.

Almost half of respondents (48%) said an onshore wind farm would receive a positive reception if it was developed within five miles of their home.

The poll, carried out by Harris Interactive during April 2014, revealed that support was even higher for offshore wind, with more than half (55%) saying they believed it would be welcomed.

Only a fifth could say a new coal powered station would be welcome with the figure for a nuclear station falling to just 27%. Fracking was the least popular with just 19% saying it would receive a positive local reception.

But support for wind power was lowest among those who identified themselves as Conservative (39%) compared with 56% among Labour voters and 45% for those who said they were aligned with UKIP.

The survey also found that less than a third of respondents said energy prices had an influence on their voting intentions, although the majority (81%) said they were concerned about the rise in the cost of energy.


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